Weekly Update May 14: TV Advertising in VN, Members Night

Highlights

We, May 16 TV Advertising in Vietnam: Learn from the Best, Worst and Mediocre
Th, May 17 International Product Safety and Environmental Compliance Conference
Fr, May 18 TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Workshop
Th, May 24 AmCham Members’ Night & Meet the U.S. Consulate General
Fr, May 25 Business Lunch: Future of Medical and Cancer Care
We, May 30 AmCham Palooza Party
Apparel exports rise 14% in first four months
Falling export activity hits logistics firms – an indicator?
Vietnam Stocks Rise Most in Asia on Tax Breaks
Gov’t okays $ 1.4 billion bailout package for enterprises
Terumo BCT to Invest $ 94 million in Vietnam state-of-the-art facilities
HCM City & S. Key Economic Region Infrastructure: Ports, Industrial Parks (update)
Welcome to new AmCham companies • Jan ~ May 2012
Advance Notice: Sep – Dec AmCham Scholarship 2012
Tu, Nov 6, U.S. General Elections Day • U.S. Voter Registration Web Sites

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers

Welcome to new AmCham companies 25 new companies have joined AmCham in Jan-Apr. Brief descriptions, activities, representatives’ names, and links to their web sites for additional information.

AmCham Vietnam Direct Selling Committee – About Us Misson Statement: “To protect, serve and promote the effectiveness of member companies and the independent business people they represent. To ensure that the marketing by member companies of products and/or the direct sales opportunity is conducted with the highest level of business ethics and service to consumers.” Direct Selling companies achieved revenues in Vietnam of over $ 133 million, with over 900,000 persons participating in the industry.

Authentic Clay-Pot at Yu Chu At Yu Chu, “Clay-Pot” dining takes on a whole new perspective. We use only the finest ingredients, meticulous preparation and our InterContinental insider knowledge to create a range of traditional and contemporary dishes. Savour our Authentic Clay-Pot dinner at Yu Chu that is truly unique and absolutely delicious.

Family Summer Holidays Package at Six Senses – Nha Trang Escape with your family for Holidays at Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang or at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. They are among the most beautiful resorts in Vietnam. Please come to join the beauty of nature, luxury and perfect services at our resorts. Hottest Promotion!

Looking for a new job just got easier Our new app is the only global search tool, allowing you to easily search and apply for jobs across 23 countries. Search by country, your professional area or by keyword. It’s available in the app store today, look for ‘Robert Walters Job Search’.

Apr 14 – Sep 30 Intriguing Meetings at Renaissance Hotel We provide you with the very best views for your meetings at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon. We offer exceptional benefits and ensure you a seamless event experiences.

We, May 16 TV Advertising in Vietnam – Learn from the Best, the Worst and the Mediocre Cimigo has tested over 275 TV advertisements over the past two years, and will tell you what works, what does not. Learn how to make your advertising more effective, across different target groups and categories.

Th, May 17 International Product Safety and Environmental Compliance Conference and Fr, May 18 TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Workshop Organized by AAFA • American Apparel & Footwear Association, whose member companies represent 80% of the U.S. wholesale business in apparel and footwear. In 2010, U.S. consumers spent nearly $ 340 billion on new clothes and shoes, which accounts for about 25% of the world’s overall apparel and footwear retail sales. More than 80% of all footwear sold in the United States is now imported from China, and China accounts for about 40% of U.S. apparel imports. AAFA members have strongly encouraged AAFA to bring this important conference and workshop to Vietnam to provide necessary and important information to stakeholders in Vietnam.

Fr-Th, May 18 – 24 Crab Week at Restaurant Nineteen – Caravelle Seafood enthusiasts can snap up freshly caught crab and cooked-to-order crab specialties at Nineteen Restaurant’s popular dinner buffet. The week-long crustacean showcase will feature king crabs, blue crabs, flower crabs and soft shell crabs fresh on ice and prepared in dishes such as Japanese crab stick salad, brandy flavoured crap bisque soup, soft shell crab tempura and stir-fried crab curry.

Fr-Th, May 18 – 24 Duck Liver Delights at Reflections Restaurant – Caravelle Fans of duck liver’s buttery flavor can indulge delicious a la carte appetizers and mains, such as torchon of duck liver with beetroot jelly, apple and dill; savory duck liver ice cream with caramelized pears and gingerbread crumbs; and seared duck liver with roasted scallops and curried cauliflower puree.

Fr, May 25 Business Lunch: Future of Medical and Cancer Care Update about the risks, prevention, and latest treatment of cancer in the global perspective. Stanford International Medical Services and Stanford University in Palo Alto, California offer options and guidance for those seeking advanced examination, prevention and treatment.

Fr, May 25 Seminar on Key Advantages of an IB World School Education organized by ACG International School. Join us to hear about the unique features, effectiveness of an IB World School education and its benefits to young people.

Sa, Jun 2 Passionate Kiss at Mouline Rouge 2012 Moulin Rouge have been brought to Vietnam by the Children of Vietnam Charitable Fund, jointly formed by FV Hospital to support disadvantaged children, and this year’s event promises to be bigger and more glamorous than ever. Join us to enjoy a Parisian style banquet at the Moulin Rouge charity ball. This is a once in a year opportunity, so don’t miss out!

We, Jun 6 Seminar on Leadership Charisma Charisma for its own sake is good for little more than your ego, but put it in service of your business and its impact can be enormous. Focused on properly, Leadership Charisma fosters an environment where every one of your people has a positive and energetic attitude, is emotionally and intellectually committed to your vision, and is inspired to contribute his or her very best.

Advance Notice: Sep – Nov AmCham Scholarship 2012 AmCham will grant scholarships to up to 45 top students from universities in HCM City.

Tu, Nov 6, U.S. General Elections Day • U.S. Voter Registration Web Sites More than 6 million Americans live overseas. If the overseas American community were a state, we would be the 18th most-populous state in the union. Our votes count … click the link to register online, get a ballot, and vote.

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News and Issues Updates

Local students take part in Community Service and Leadership Training Conference Over 300 students, teachers and community leaders from schools all over HCM City gathered to share ideas and work together to explore problems we face as global citizens, as part of the International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) Global Issues Network’s 1st Annual Conference. The theme of the conference was “Using our differences to make a difference.”

Apparel exports rise 14% in first four months Exports to the U.S., which accounts for more than one-half Vietnam’s apparel exports, increased by 15%. To Korea by 50%, to Japan by 30%, and to the EU by only 3%. FDI factories account for about 25% of Vietnam’s apparel industry, but their exports account for 65% of the total.

Falling export activity hits logistics firms A drop of 30-40 per cent was seen from apparel companies. The air transport company mainly carries samples of products foreign companies outsource to Vietnamese companies. Is this an indicator of future drops in apparel exports?

Vietnam Stocks Rise Most in Asia on Tax Breaks The VN index has surged 38 percent this year, the most in Asia, as the government took steps such as cutting interest rates twice in March and April to spur growth. The economy expanded at the slowest pace since 2009 in the first quarter. The stock gauge slid 27 percent last year as the government lifted borrowing costs to combat rising prices.

Gov’t okays $ 1.4 billion bailout package for enterprises based on five principles: preventing a return of inflation, promoting production and business; timely supporting those actually in need of help; ensuring the State budget balance to create liquidity for enterprises; coordinating with monetary policy to cut input costs for enterprises; and adhering to economic and corporate restructuring.

Terumo BCT to Invest in State-of-the-Art Facilities: $ 6 million in the U.S. and $ 94 million in Vietnam Investment in the Colorado and Vietnam facilities will support growth and demand for blood and cellular therapy products and equipment globally.

Investment attraction key for Mekong Delta From 1988 to 2011, the Mekong Delta only lured 565 foreign-invested projects with total investment of US$ 9.5 billion or less than 5% of total FDI into the nation. In 2011, only 96 projects worth US$ 402 million from foreign investors, lower than a quarter of the figure in 2010 and equivalent to a mere 3.5% of the national FDI in the same year.

150 SOEs must be equitized every year; HCMC pace is slow Equitization is slow for a number of reasons, but the decisive factor is the guidance of ministerial and local agencies, State groups and corporations is not drastic enough. The Ministry of National Defense, HCMC and Dak Nong have yet to submit their plans for SOEs reorganization and reform. There are 91 wholly SOEs in HCMC, and equitization in HCMC is processing at slow pace.

India to Dethrone Thailand, Vietnam as Top Rice Exporter Indian rice exports may climb to more than 7 million metric tons in the year ending Aug. 31, said an IRRI senior economist. Vietnam will export 7 million tons and Thailand 6.5 million tons, USDA data show. Rice prices will probably stay under pressure as global production outpaces demand for an eighth year.

1,200 “diplomatic cars” to pay tax arrears A tax of 5 – 90 percent will be levied on around 1,200 bogus diplomatic cars that are in use throughout Vietnam.

Heavy traffic in HCM City by Suoi Tien Theme Park As holidaymakers were returning to the city on after the long holidays (Apr 28-May1, 2012), traffic bottlenecks, especially those around Suoi Tien park, Mien Dong Coach Station in Binh Thanh District, and Cat Lai ferry terminal, led thousands of motorcycles and automobiles to move inch by inch.

Number of international adoptions plummets to lowest point in 15 years Some adoption advocates say the decrease is linked to a set of strict international guidelines known as the Hague Adoption Convention, which requires countries to set up a central adoption authority and a system of checks and balances to safeguard orphans and keep profit-driven players from corrupting a system that should be purely about helping unwanted children. Vietnam joined the Hague convention on Feb. 1, and U.S. officials say they are hopeful adoptions will resume within the next year.

Global Machine Tool Big Wigs Confirm Participation in MTA VIETNAM 2012, July 3-6 MTA VIETNAM 2012, the premier international trade event for Vietnam’s manufacturing industry, will be back at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City. The event will showcase the latest technologies, products and solutions in precision engineering, machine tools and metalworking available in the global marketplace.

Vietnam’s economic indicators – April 26, 2012 Currency/Interest Rates, GDP y/y, Consumer Price Index, Trade Account, Index of Industrial Production, Forecasts (Govt, World Bank, ADB, IMF): GDP, CPI, Money and Credit, Exports/Imports/Trade Balance/Current Account Balance, Overseas Remittances, Foreign Currency Reserves (wks of imports, $ billion), Foreign Debt, Foreign Debt/GDP, FDI Inflows, Foreign Portfolio Investments, Population, Long Term Currency Ratings (S&P, Fitch, Moody’s)

ADB: Asian Development Outlook 2012 – Vietnam Outlook Safeguarding the banking sector should be the immediate priority. The longer-term requirement is to develop a diversified and efficient financial system that can mobilize the funding to meet the 7-8 percent economic growth target. These complex reforms, which will take years to complete, would benefit from coordination with the proposed restructuring of SOEs.

China + One = Vietnam and ASEAN ASEAN has the third-largest economy in Asia, after Japan and China. U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) into ASEAN totaled $130 billion in 2007, the largest destination for U.S. FDI in Asia, and has grown 55% since 2004. As a developing region, ASEAN per capita income is low but its GDP is rapidly growing: an almost 170% increase over the past decade.

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Last week’s most popular links to events and articles

We, May 16 TV Advertising in Vietnam
We, May 9 Morning Briefing: Legal Update on Consumer Protection Law
We, May 30, AmCham Palooza Party
Welcome to new AmCham companies • Jan ~ May 2012
Th, May 24 Members Night and Meet the U.S. Consulate General
Vietnam to Cut Corp. Income Taxes, Cap Loan Rates to Bolster Economy
Fr, May 18 AAFA: TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Workshop
Vietnam’s drive to fix its weak banks could be stalling
AmCham Scholarship 2012
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