Weekly Update Nov 19: Membership Directory, Thanksgiving Golf, Prison Terms for Corrupt Executives

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Upcoming Events, Committee Meetings, and Other Activities

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Vietnam Business Forum: Annual Business Sentiment Survey Are conditions better for your business? Take this short survey and help improve the business environment.

Thu, Nov 22: Thanksgiving (U.S. Holiday) Few American holidays have a history as steeped in myth and legend as Thanksgiving Day, which reaches back to the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in the Fall of 1621 at Plymouth Plantation in what is now Massachusetts. Click the link to read more about this American holiday.

Thu, Nov 22: 9th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot (Friendly Golf) Register now for this fun golf outing on Thanksgiving morning, held annually since 1999. Enjoy a round of golf, followed by cameraderie and lunch at the club house.

Thu, Nov 22: Thanksgiving Dinner For a memorable Thanksgiving Dinner, enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet at the Parkview Restaurant, incluidng Beaujolais Nouveau from George DuBoeuf.

Thu, Nov 29: Members Night and Meet the Candidates AmCham invites members, associates and guests to attend a Members Night and “Meet the Candidates” for the 2008-2009 Board of Governors at a networking cocktail reception. Spouses and partners are not only invited but encouraged to attend with you.

Fri, Nov 30: Business Mentoring Program Launch The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, supported by AmCham, EuroCham, and the 2030 Business Club, will launch a Business Mentoring Program to help young Vietnamese entrepreneurs learn the the best experiences from successful entrepreneurs and international managers so as to overcome challenges.

Membership Directory 2008 Please update your contact information by Nov 30. We have sent faxes to all members for updated contact information. If you have new or changed contact information, please contact Ms. Huong at the AmCham office (824 3562). And, as you plan your advertising, be sure to include the AmCham Membership Directory.

Sat, Dec 1: AmCham Governors Ball A formal event held in the festive style of the season … to raise funds for community support programs funded by and through the AmCham-United Way partnership.

Wed, Dec 5 Lunch: Why EHS* is Essential for Vietnam’s Success in International Markets We commit to all of our stakeholders . . . that we will conduct all aspects of our business with respect and care for people and the environment.” How is this EHS* (Environment, Health, Safety) policy statement converted into specific actions on a daily basis? And how does that benefit the companies?

Tue, Dec 11 Annual General Meeting and Members Night Report of the Board of Governors and the previous year’s accounts, as well as the election of members to the Board of Governors. Cocktail reception will follow after the meeting. Members and spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend !

Mon, Dec 31, Countdown to 2008 at Park Hyatt Saigon. Celebrate the beginning of a New Year with music, dancing and party at Park Hyatt Saigon’s Ballroom. Wine, dine and be entertained with live soul, blues and rock music by NANA, a leading band from Singapore. The Dinner Package includes Cocktail Reception, 6-course menu, Free flow of selected beverages including beer, wine and champagne, All night entertainment, (Live music, Magician and DJ) at US$ 140 nett per person. Monday December 31, 2007, 7:00pm – 2:00am. Limited tickets available. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets, please visit our Reservation Desk at the Lobby Level or call our direct line 08 520 2357

U.S. Expo 2008 Plan now for a major new initiative to celebrate U.S. commerce, culture, and cuisine. Click the link for information.

News and Issues Updates

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Two U.S. executives sentenced to federal prison for making corrupt payments to government officials They were found guilty of multiple counts of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations and sentenced to 37 months and 62 months in federal prison. Companies with operations in competitive foreign environments must be vigilant in scrutinizing their employees’ conduct for potential violations of the FCPA, or suffer severe consequences.

Former PMU18 Director, Bui Tien Dung, sentenced to 13 years for corruption, gambling, and bribery. The scandal broke in April last year when Bui Tien Dung was arrested for gambling away US$ 759,800 and offering bribes to cover up his crime.

Goverment approves ambitious electric power plan, but EVN says it faces “fundamental challenges”. EVN Management Council Chairman Dao Van Hung said the plan faced “fundamental challenges” because of the amount of work involved in the short time period, limitations in coal supplies, and EVN’s “challenge to prepare enough capital to implement the projects” would be “a difficulty beyond its capacity to solve.”

Event Presentations, Downloads, and PHOTO ALBUMS

Event Presentations, Downloads, and PHOTO ALBUMS Did you miss an AmCham event? Were you there but wanted to have a copy of the presentation? Didn’t get the business card of the person you were talking with? Now you can download the presentations by clicking on the above link. Also, you can see a list of people that attended the event, with links to their company contact information.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for our 400 member and associate companies, and about 800 representatives. Also with links to their company web sites for even more information about American and international businesses in Ho Chi Minh City.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 100,000 visitors and 200,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

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