Weekly Update Nov 21: Membership Directory 2012; Thanksgiving Golf & Dinner, KPIs, Recruiting Team


AmCham Membership Directory 2012: Company Listings and Announcements
Th, Nov 24 11th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot Scramble Golf Tournament
Th, Nov 24 12th AmCham Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner
Tu, Nov 29 Lunch: Do you have the right KPIs? Balanced Scorecard approach
Th, Dec 1 Morning Briefing: Recruiting a Superstar Team!
Sa, Dec 10 16th Annual Governors’ Ball – “A Hawaiian Christmas”
We, Dec 14 Annual General Meeting
BRIBELine: Report a Bribe (anonymously)
TRACE International: Anti-bribery compliance solutions

There are no active tropical storms approaching Vietnam in the NW Pacific as of Nov 21, 2011. May-Nov is “Typhoon Season.” On average, there are 27 typhoons each season. This year, only 5 of the 34 tropical storms in the 2011 NW Pacific Typhoon Season have landed in Vietnam to date.

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Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers

AmCham Membership Directory 2012 As you plan your marketing activities, be sure to consider the AmCham Membership Directory. We update it every year over October-December, print it in January, and deliver it after TET. It’s used daily by members and employees at AmCham’s more than 700 member companies, with over 1,400 representatives. New members use it when they join, referencing the special section on member benefits and Chamber programs and activities, as well as surveying the directory to find new business partners.

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Every Sunday, Taittinger Champagne Brunch at Caravelle Put a Fine Finish on your week. Refines and redefines your Sunday Mornings. The most succulent brunch in town. Indulge at the oyster bar and the lobster station. Choose from a selection of roast meats, caviar, and more than twenty desserts.

Business Lunch at Saigon Saigon Bar Salads, gourmet sandwiches and desserts are served. Classic choices include smoked salmon and avocado salad, tomato & feta cheese salad, classic turkey club sandwich, and Asian shrimp & pork hash. End lunch with a signature dessert like ice mousse nougatine or chocolate espresso ice-cream.

Th, Nov 24 Legend Hotel Saigon’s Thanksgiving Day Catch up and have a good time with your family and friends this festive holiday with traditional Thanksgiving delicacies in Saigon’s most spectacular buffet spread at the hotel’s renowned Atrium Café.

Th, Nov 24 Happy Thanksgiving at Renaissance Hotel It’s a time to offer thanks and gather family and friends for a special holiday tradition. A time of Turkeys, Stuffing and Pumpkin Pies to ignite the festive spirit! Celebrate your Thanksgiving with us

Th, Nov 24 Scrumptious American Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Caravelle Get into the spirit of the holiday by treating your friends and loved ones to an evening of exemplary food and festive spirits at the Caravelle Hotel.

Th, Nov. 24, Caravelle Pops the Cork on France’s Foremost Grand Cru Wines Wine enthusiasts are invited to sample vintages from the Grand Cru regions, famously designated as the finest wine-producing vineyards in France.

Th, Nov 24 11th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot Scramble Golf Tournament (Members and Invited Guests) Register for this fun golf outing, held annually since 2001 to celebrate Thanksgiving, first organized by then AmCham Chairman. Enjoy 18 holes of golf, followed by comradeship at the Vietnam Golf and Country Club.

Th, Nov 24 12th AmCham Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner Join us in the old-fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey and all the trimmings, Pumpkin Pie, nice lucky draw prizes, and good entertainment.

Th, Nov 24 The EU Debt Crisis: Impact on Investment and Trade (“Co-hosted event”) The EU debt crisis has grown into the biggest challenge the EU has faced since the adoption of the euro as its single currency 12 years ago. Greece, Portugal, and Ireland are “on life support,” Italy and Spain are exhibiting worrying symptoms. Germany and France, the healthy ones are suffering from a global economic malaise. As the situation seems to be coming to a head again, how will the crisis be managed, and will the Euro be saved?

Tu, Nov 29 Members Lunch: Do you the right KPIs? Balance Scorecard This event reviews the BSC journey from KPIs to Strategy-Execution Management tool of choice ~ the Balanced Scorecard was created by Professor Kaplan and Dr. Norton in the late 1990s and has gone through a number of evolutions.

We, Nov 30 RMIT Vietnam Postgraduate Information Session Meet the challenges of today’s fast-paced and increasingly complex global business environment with an RMIT post-graduate qualification. The skills and knowledge gained will complement your on-the-job experience and capabilities and assist you to progress your career. RSVP: (08) 3776 1369 or email [email protected]. In February 2012, RMIT Vietnam will introduce two new Master programs: MBA (Executive) and Master of Project Management.

Th, Dec 1 Breakfast Meeting: Become a “Recruiting Psychic” and Build a Superstar Team Today! Chris Harvey, CEO of Navigos Search and VietnamWorks, will share key learnings from his own career and experience as the leader of Vietnam’s top online and offline recruiting company.

Sa, Dec 3 11th Annual AmCham Scholarship Award Ceremony will honor 80 3rd year and final year university students. The applicants will have completed a rigorous four-stage assessment process, including application screening, English Language Test, Profiles International Vietnam’s ProfileXT Assessment, and Interview in English by AmCham HR Committee Members.

We, Dec 7 (Hanoi) and Fr, Dec 9 (HCMC) USA Franchise Business Mission Looking for an investment opportunity? Want to start a business? 14 USA Franchise Companies will visit to meet with Vietnamese entrepreneurs. Proven franchise business concepts.

Sa, Dec 10 16th Annual Governors Ball – “A Hawaiian Christmas The AmCham Board of Governors cordially invite you to the 16th Annual AmCham Governors’ Ball, to be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011. Tickets are limited, so please make your reservation request early to avoid disappointment.

We, Dec 14 Annual General Meeting, with report of the Board of Governors, and election of members to the Board. AmCham invites members, associates and their guests to attend the Annual General Meeting and cocktail reception. Spouses and partners are not only invited but encouraged to attend with you.

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News and Issues Updates

ISHCMC Celebrates Opening of New Wing and Launches HCMC’s only 1 to 1 computer tablet program ISHCMC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an Open House with nearly 300 students, teachers and parents on hand to join in the festivities.

U.S. investors look at Danang Airport Cedona and U.S. group ADC & HAS are looking to engage airport projects in central Vietnam, including Danang International Airport.

Thai floods may shift Japan investment to Indonesia, Vietnam “Indonesia has a large population and its domestic demand is quite strong, while Vietnam’s population is increasing.” The two countries account for more than half of the 591 million people in the countries that comprise Asean, the organization’s statistics show. The distribution of Japan’s supply chain across the region may shift as well amid increasing local consumption and plans to unify the region’s economy by 2015.

Do you have a Global Entry Card ? APEC Business Travel Card ? Speed up your entry through immigration when traveling in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region.

APEC Business Travel Card for Americans will expedite travel in the Asia-Pacific region for qualified American travelers. Under the new law, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is authorized to issue the ABTC to U.S. citizens as part of its Global Entry program.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO looks to energy for job growth We can create a significant number of jobs without adding a massive amount of money to an ever-growing deficit. The idea with the greatest potential is to do a number of things in energy. There are very few countries that have as much gas, oil and coal, as well as some green energy, as we do.

Del Rosario, Clinton: “West Philippine Sea” Dispute Must Be Resolved Peacefully 25 percent of the seafarers of the entire universe are Filipinos, so the Philippines has a particular interest in freedom of navigation and unimpeded commerce, said Philippines Foreign Secretary Del Rosario.

Vietnam is central as U.S. shifts focus to Asia A U.S. Navy vessel called in at Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Bay naval base in August 2011. In the rice-farming delta of the Mekong River, Americans are helping Vietnam cope with the potential environmental impact of China’s dam-building projects upstream.

Vietnam ranks 8th among countries sending students to the U.S.; was 20th in 2006-2007 14,888 Vietnamese students were studying in the US in 2010-2011, up 13.5 per cent over the previous year.

Vietnam Education Foundation Announces New Chairman of the Board: Christopher J. Fussner, Owner and Founder of TransTechnology Pte Ltd, a major distributor of Surface Mount Technology and Semiconductor capital equipment. Mr. Fussner is recognized as an astute analyst of South East Asian Affairs and he has a strong commitment to American higher education. He lectures on South East Asia business and economics and U.S./Asia foreign relations.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces investments in international market development In Hanoi, Vilsack met with representatives from some of the U.S. agricultural organizations benefiting from these programs, with Vietnamese officials, and with students at the Hanoi University of Agriculture.

U.S. claims jurisdiction over Thai former tourism official in key FCPA case The former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and her daughter were charged in January 2009 in an eight-count indictment with laundering $ 1.8 million in bribes the former governor allegedly received from husband-and-wife film producers Gerald and Patricia Green.

A $ 3 billion fine for GSK isn’t the whole story A background review of the Justice Department’s investigation remains highly astonishing because the settlement covers the way GSK handled a wide range of business on all its best-selling drugs for more than a decade.

Vietnam maps out growth plan to 2015 Next year would be about building a firm foundation for further stable socio-economic development in the coming years. Curbing inflation, stablising the macro economy and maintaining reasonable economic growth closely linked with growth model renewal and economic restructuring were stressed as top tasks next year.

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment News, Nov 18, 2011< for the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), prepared by the BGR Group, APCAC’s Washington Representative.

U.S. Department of Justice Asst Attorney General Update on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) “I have made fighting corruption around the world a top priority for the Criminal Division. At a time when people across the globe are taking to the streets in frustration over the widespread corruption that exerts a stranglehold over their aspirations, the urgency of this fight is plain. We must, and we will, devote ourselves to continuing it.”

Price, Quality, and Service: comments about the FCPA Fighting corruption is not just a moral imperative, it’s a business necessity. Corruption erodes competition; price, quality, and service all suffer.

Why are there no McDonald’s in Vietnam? here are some answers we have heard. … what have you heard?

An Analysis of State-owned Enterprises and State Capitalism in China, 2011 The Chinese government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) remain potent economic forces. Indeed, some of China’s SOEs are among the largest firms in China and the world. They are major investors in foreign countries. They have been involved in some of the largest initial public offerings in recent years and remain the controlling owners of many major firms listed on Chinese and foreign stock exchanges.

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment News for the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), prepared by the BGR Group.

U.S. Chamber Asia Weekly Update, Nov 14-21, 2011.

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Last week’s most popular links to events and articles

AmCham Membership Directory 2012: Company Listing and Announcements
Consular Club Bazaar, Nov 19, 2011 – Ho Chi Minh City
Breakfast Briefing: Making Arbitration Work for You
Why are there no McDonald’s in Vietnam?
BRIBELine: Report a Bribe (anonymously)
TRACE International: Anti-bribery compliance solutions
Th, Nov 24 11th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot Scramble Golf Tournament
Sa, Dec 10 16th Annual Governors Ball – A Hawaiian Christmas
Th, Nov 24 12th AmCham Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner
Do you have the right KPIs? – Balanced Scorecard Approach

Recent Events and Information Resources

Event Presentations 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.

Click the following links for recent event information and to download presentations and view photos.

Nov 9Networking Night: How do Companies React to High Inflation in 2011?
.Presentation by Hoa Nguyen
Oct 26AmCham Palooza Party
.Photo album (18 photos)
Oct 25Lunch: Achieving/Delivering Health Outcomes – 2010 & 2011 Reports on “Pharma 3.0”
.Presentation: Pharma 3.0 and Implications for Vietnam
Oct 11Lunch: Interbrand’s Best Global Brands
.Presentation by Jonathan Bernstein
Oct 07Lunch: Vietnam 2011 – Declining Consumer Nation
Sep 172011 International Coastal Cleanup Day
Jul 2Photo Highights: AmCham’s July 4th Picnic
Jun 14World Blood Donor Day 2011

Other popular information downloads

Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, Roads
Developing a 21st Century Workforce in Vietnam
AmCham Letter to Prime Minister re Decree 46 and U.S.-Vietnam BTA
Project 30: PM’s Advisory Council on Administrative Reform
Labour Code and National Conference on Industrial Relations
About AmCham : New Members Welcome Briefing, Sep 20, 2011
Industrial Real Estate in Vietnam, Sep 2011
Vietnam Competitiveness Report, 2010 – Michael Porter, et. al.
Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index, 2010
Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Road Network in 2015
ADB to Mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects over 2011 – 2015
Connecting Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Railways: A Strategic Framework
Asian Development Bank: VN Economic Fact Sheet
World Bank: Vietnam Economic Data and Statistics
World Bank: East Asia & Pacific Economic Update, Nov 2011: Vietnam Report
2011 Total Remuneration Survey: Mercer & Talentnet. 329 Firms, 90,282 employees
Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project Map
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Responsible Tourism
About AmCham : Support for Education in Vietnam
Consumer Trends in Vietnam, 2005 – 2011
BRIBELine: Report a Bribe (anonymously)
TRACE International: Anti-bribery compliance solutions
An Analysis of State-owned Enterprises and State Capitalism in China, 2011
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Ministers’ Report (Summary), Nov 2011
Outlines of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (Details), Nov 2011

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