Weekly Update May 21 Lunch: Labor Conditions, WTO Committee,

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Mon, May 21. Special Lunch: Vietnam’s Labor Conditions and Labor Relations Two senior U.S. State Department officials from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will visit Vietnam to learn about labor conditions and labor relations. Join the lunch to hear their viewpoints and to help them understand Vietnam’s labor situation better.

REMUNERATION: Are you offering the right pay package? To get an insight into the latest compensation market trends in Vietnam, look up the most recently updated survey reports data (March 31, 2007). To purchase reports or for information, please click this link to send an email to Ms. Hanh.

Mon-Tue, May 21-22. COLDWELL BANKER® International Realty Master Franchise Meetings Membership in the Coldwell Banker International Realty franchise system is offered to select real estate companies and successful business entrepreneurs through an exclusive master franchise program. Coldwell Banker has recently started pursuing a very well structured and aggressive expansion plan for the Vietnam market, and Al Mendoza, Vice President for International Development, will visit Vietnam to meet interested companies and entrepreneurs.

Tue, May 22, WTO Committee Regular monthly meeting. Agenda: prepare for BTA/WTO Implementation Review in Washington DC, discuss work plan, upcoming events.

Mon, May 28 (HCMC), Fri, Jun 1 (Hanoi) – Workshop: Edward de Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats” This simple, yet powerful systematic method of thinking in a completely new and different way will provide you with skills and tools that can be applied immediately. “Dr de Bono’s innovative thinking methods have been tried and tested…When one of de Bono’s thinking tools was injected into the discussion, the problem was quickly resolved” Sheldon Lee Glashow – Nobel Prize Laureate for Physics

Tue, May 29, Information Technology Group Meeting We’ll review our activities to date and re-focus our thoughts and action plan for the rest of the year.

Tue, Jun 05, Seminar and Lunch: Logistic & Supply Chain Challenges & Opportunities in Vietnam Whether you want to do-it-yourself or outsource, discover the Logistics and Supply Chain Management technologies, strategies and best practices that can bring benefits to your Vietnam operations. Our speakers and our panel session will address topical challenges and opportunities and provide a range of solutions.

Mon-Wed, Jun 04-06, Supply Chain Management Solutions for Vietnam Are you suffering ‘pain’ in your supply chain, anywhere from sales forecasting (in)accuracy through to the fulfillment of customer orders? Enjoying substantial business growth but facing challenges to meet market requirements? Realizing that outdated processes and systems are inhibiting your ability to obtain leading positions in your markets? Click the link for answers.

Tue, Jun 19, Monthly Lunch: Intel’s Investment in Vietnam The future arrived in Vietnam, courtesy of Intel, on March 28, when the company officially started construction of a new assembly/test facility in Ho Chi Minh City’s Saigon Hi-Tech Park. What is now a former rice paddy will be transformed into a 500,000-square-foot plant that is expected to employ more than 4,000 people once it is completed. It will be the largest such facility Intel has every constructed. The new facility marks an inflection point not only for Intel, but for relations between two countries.

Sat, Jun 30, USA Independence Day Celebration and Family Picnic Join AmCham members, friends and family to enjoy our traditional American holiday and cultural event that is celebrated all across the USA, in big cities and small towns. An old-fashioned picnic, celebration with scrumptuous food, fun and games for children and parents, great door prizes, and great live music by The Curtis King Band. Limited to 600 AmCham Members and their Guests.

Fri, Mojito Friday Night BBQ at New World Hotel Splash Bar, 6-9pm Enjoy a refreshing Mojito as a welcome drink, then start with a fresh seafood combination platter followed by juicy meat specialties, chef’s catch of the day and a variety of side dishes. Free flow of draft beer, Frontera Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon and soft drinks. Join the monthly rafle with a chance to win a weekend in the George Bush Presidential Suite.

Issues Updates and AmCham – related News

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Vietnam-China summit focuses on building ties – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The two sides also agreed to speed up negotiations on the delineation of the seawaters surrounding the Tonkin Gulf as well as to instil measures that would be of mutual benefit regarding the Gulf.

Government vows to step up anti-corruption efforts
Referring to the management and use of the Official Development Assistance (ODA), Tran Van Truyen, Government Inspector General said, “Up to now no case of misusing ODA has been detected.”

MPI’s draft decree implementing some of Vietnam’s WTO commitments
Most of the draft decree’s articles had not provided proper responses to the business community’s requirements.

Vietnamese vote for new National Assembly on Sunday, May 20
Re-nominated candidates from the previous tenure of the assembly number 146, or 16.7 percent, while 718 people, or 82 percent, are first-time candidates; there are 290 women candidates, or 33.1 percent of the total, and 168 ethnic minority candidates, or 19.2 percent.

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Computing Tips: My Virtual Life
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