Weekly Update Mar 5: Apparel Trade Preserved, Sotheby’s, APCAC Annual Meeting

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Upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

Tue, Mar 6 and Wed, Mar 7, Sotheby’s International Realty Master Franchise Meetings
Membership in Sotheby’s International Realty franchise system is offered to select real estate companies and successful business entrepreneurs through an exclusive master franchise program. Sotheby’s has recently started pursuing a very well structured and aggressive expansion plan for the Vietnam market, and Scott Schubiger, Vice President for International Development, would like to meet qualified interested parties to share this exciting news. Please click the link for more information and to contact Scott.

Wed, Mar 7, 8am-2:00pm, WTO Seminar and Lunch, organized by AusCham and EuroCham
A detailed look at the goods and services commitments, trading and distribution rights, intellectual property, and other issues related to Vietnam’s WTO accession, for businesses operating in Vietnam. This notice provided in support of AusCham and EuroCham organization efforts.

Wed, Mar 7, 12pm, Hanoi – Lunch and Q&A Discussion with Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy PM Pham Gia Khiem will visit tht U.S. Mar 11-16 to discuss U.S.-Vietnam bilateral issues, regional issues, and preparations for visits by President Nguyen Minh Triet this summer and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung this fall. He will hold a dialogue with local US businesses before beginning his visit.

Lunch with Senior VN Govt Official (invited), Dinner at Reunification Palace, Fri, Mar 23
Opportunities for networking with your peers from around Asia/Pacific. Practical discussions on the business environment in the region. AmCham welcomes leaders of Asia-Pacific Council of AmChams (APCAC), which consists of 25 member AmChams that represent 10,000 businesses and 50,000 executives in 19 countries and economies of the Asia-Pacific region. The APCAC membership manages trade of over US$ 400 billion and direct foreign investment (FDI) of nearly US$ 300 billion.

10th Annual AmCham Family Weekend in Phan Thiet, Apr 28-May 1
It’s not too early to put this great AmCham weekend on your calendar. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment during this busy Spring Holiday.

Issues Updates and AmCham – related News

Apparel Trade Preserved: Government issues circular on exports of apparel to the US
The Government’s objective is to assure all that there will be a predictable environment for U.S.-Vietnam apparel trade that will build confidence on the part of the major U.S. importers and retailers, as well as their suppliers in Vietnam. U.S. importers welcomed the new system. During 2006, U.S. imports of apparel from Vietnam were $3.4 billion, accounting for 40% of total U.S. imports from Vietnam of $8.57 billion.

Consulting Services for Long Thanh International Airport Master Planning
Change is coming fast in Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding “Southern Key Economic Zone.” Long Thanh International Airport is in Dong Nai Province, 50 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. When completed, the new airport will handle 80 to 100 million passengers and 5 million MT of cargo per year. Meanwhile, a new US$ 200 million international terminal with a capacity of 8 to 10 million international passengers per year is being completed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, which now handles one-half of all passenger traffic in Vietnam, and two thirds of Vietnam’s international arrivals and departures. Click the link for more information.

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