Weekly Update May 31: Travel Warning: Thailand, Voter Registration, Members Night

U.S. State Department Travel Warning: Thailand – Update, May 27.

Th, Jun 3 AmCham Members Night and Networking Cocktail Reception

Th-Su, Jun 3-6 Meet U.S. Companies at Vietnam Architecture Conference & Exhibition

Su-Mo, Jun 6-7 World Economic Forum on East Asia: Rethinking Asia’s Leadership Agenda

Sa, Jul 3, 2010 American Independence Day Family Picnic

Th, Jul 8 AmCham Young Professionals Palooza Party at Hard Rock Cafe

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Mo, May 31 – Fr, Jun 4 Australian Wine & Food Show at the New World Hotel Saigon Enjoy an inspirational menu created by Guest Chef Peter Kuruvita, from the famous Flying Fish Restaurant in Sydney Harbour. Earlier, he was at Hayman Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland and received a series of awards including TOURISM + LEISURE (US) MAGAZINE “Best Restaurant, Australia and South Pacific” World’s Best Awards 2002.

Tu, Jun 1 Work Permits and Visas Seminar Santa Fe and AusCham will present recent changes and practices of the immigration and labor departments that affect foreign employees and companies that employ them. Entry visas, types, what has changed. Common challenges that foreigners and companies face when trying to comply with labor regulations. Details regarding “legalization” of required documents, etc.

Tu, Jun 1 Enjoy Havana Night with the famous Cuban band Warapo at the well-known open-air rooftop Saigon Saigon Bar with free entrance. The night will be an extraordinary event where at the same time you can taste Cuban cocktails, Cuban cigars in the excitement of Cuban music. Moreover, the award-winning bar will offer FREE mojito specials for all ladies on the night.

Th, Jun 3 A cigar dinner exclusively at Reflections Restaurant with the presence of Mr Alfredo Andres Pino, who will have a cigar-rolling performance before, during and after the dinner. This will be a rare chance for cigar lovers to witness and enjoy the excitement. Cuban cigars, rolled by a Cuban roller, will be much more tasteful and premier.

Th, Jun 3 AmCham Members Night and Networking Cocktail Reception Meet other members, and especially new members. All members’ spouses and invited guests are welcome and encouraged to attend! Lucky Draw prizes.

Th-Su, Jun 3-6 Meet U.S. Companies at the Vietnam Architecture Conference & Exhibition, organized by the HCM City Association of Architects as a professional forum for architects and design companies. The exhibition includes a wide array of participants within fields such as Architects, Master Planners, Contractors, Engineers, Interior Designers, Real Estate Developers, and Building Materials.

Sa-Su, Jun 5-6 100,000,000 VND official factory rebate on selected Chrysler Jeep and Dodge vehicles for 2 days only! More information: www.icauto.com

Su-Mo, Jun 6-7 World Economic Forum on East Asia: Rethinking Asia’s Leadership Agenda As the chair of ASEAN in 2010, Vietnam is the ideal location to discuss how leaders across East Asia will collaborate to achieve a sustainable economic recovery and ensure the region’s future competitiveness.

We, Jun 9 University of Hawaii Executive MBA in Ho Chi Minh City – Information Session Vietnam citizens or foreign nationals living in Vietnam, with an average of 5 to 10 years work experience, are invited to attend a free-of-charge information session: University of Hawaii and its international recognition; UH Shidler College of Business and its AACSB accreditation; program curriculum and our distinguished teaching faculty; admissions requirements and application procedures.

Jun 10 – 12 VIREC 2010 – Vietnam International Real Estate Conference & Exhibition with the main theme “SOLUTIONS FOR THEME PARKS INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT” will be presented in HCM City. This will be the first and unique event of its kind in Vietnam offering investors, suppliers and experts in Vietnam’s entertainment industry the opportunity to become aware of the latest market trends in this sector. 10% discount on ticket price is offered to AmCham Members.

Su-Th, Jun 13-17 Washington Doorknock Annual meeting in Washington DC with leaders of the U.S. Government Executive Branch (White House, State, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security, U.S. Trade Representative, etc.) and Legislative Branch, both the Senate and the House of Representatives, to discuss issues in U.S. relations with the Asia Pacific region and countries.

Mo-Th, Jun 21-24 The Vietnam Power Conference hosted with the cooperation of The World & Vietnam Report, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vietnam, Asia Business Forum presents the themed of this conference “Securing Project Developments, Financing and Investment Opportunities in Vietnam Power”, will bring together more than 150 top industry leaders, financiers and key authorities to give the power sector an up-to-the-minute account of power generation developments and potentials in Vietnam. This conference addresses very topical and pressing issues that are critical to the understanding and meeting of the current market needs – from power generation, transmission and distribution.

Sa-Su, Jun 26-27 New World Hotel Saigon Wedding Fair 2010 is a must for all who are planning their perfect wedding. With over 30 exhibitors covering hundreds of inspirational ideas, the Wedding Fair is guaranteed to have exactly what you are looking for. An elegant wedding venue, and photographers, florists, honeymoon destinations, and great wedding dress collections. The fair combines it all under one roof. The ultimate wedding shopping experience.

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Th, Jul 8 AmCham Young Professionals Palooza Party at Hard Rock Cafe AmCham Vietnam in HCMC and the Hard Rock Café want to maintain a standard of excellence for the events that we provide, which is why we have scheduled a special summer Palooza Party on July 8 at 6pm, once again at the Hard Rock Café, to make up for the “power blackout” at the May 26 event. Please join us on July 8 for an extra special Palooza.

Project 30 Update, Administrative Procedures Review The Prime Minister’s high profile campaign to simplify administrative procedures (“APs”) for businesses, is entering its final phase, when businesses will have one final opportunity to recommend burdensome APs be abolished.

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News and Issues Updates

U.S. State Department Travel Warning: Thailand – Update, May 27. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand. While no political demonstrations are currently taking place, the underlying political issues causing the demonstrations and violence have not been resolved. The State of Emergency and curfew imposed by the Royal Thai Government remain in place

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Recent Events and Information Resources on AmCham Web Site

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Project 30 Updates: Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Administrative Procedures Reform, Apr 2, 2010.

“China Plus One = Vietnam and ASEAN Presentation at Asia-Pacific Business Outlook, Apr 19, 2010.

Real Estate Market Update Presentation by CBRE Vietnam at Real Estate Networking Night, Apr 21, 2010.

Bitexco Financial Tower in HCM City Presentation by Turner International at Real Estate Networking Night, Apr 21, 2010.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham companies? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for nearly 500 AmCham companies, and over 1,000 representatives. Members can contact other members by email via the AmCham web site. Also, links to company web sites for even more information about AmCham companies in Ho Chi Minh City.

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