Weekly Update, Nov 29: Resiliant Business, HR Factors Affecting FDI, Governors Ball, Yr-End Dinner


Tu, Nov 30 Business Networking Night: Enabling a Resilient Business in HCMC
We, Dec 1 Human Resources Factors Influencing FDI in Vietnam
Sa, Dec 4 15th Annual Governors Ball
Tu, Dec 7 VN-US Business Forum: Yr-End Celebration Dinner – 15 Years
We, Dec 8 IT Business Networking Night: Retail Solutions
Tu, Dec 14 Annual General Meeting
AmCham Membership Directory 2011
Fr-Su, Jan 21-23 AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

AmCham Membership Directory 2011 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.

Fly Business/First Class to American on American Airlines to enjoy a free luxury cruise tour in Halong Bay aboard Bhaya. Apply for tickets issued in Vietnam from Nov. 11, 2010 to Mar. 31, 2011.

Tu, Nov 30 Business Networking Night: Enabling a Resilient Business in HCMC Learn how IT and communications infrastructure can ensure improved systems availability, protection of data, continuity of business operations, regulatory compliance, and the integration of IT and business operational risk management strategies.

American Sensation Heather Jakeman at Purple Jade Award winning Heather Jakeman has sung for the First Lady of the United States and now she is in Saigon to sing for you! Chill out to her stunning tunes as you enjoy a cocktail classic or a Purple Jade special – the choice is yours!

We, Dec 1 Human Resources Factors Influencing FDI in Vietnam Why there is now a big opportunity for Vietnam. How FDI decisions are made and factors influencing site selection decisions. Comparing this with how Vietnam stacks up on labour availability – cost – quality, and what are some of the key factors around talent development, leadership and holistic rewards packages which could help impact over investments in Vietnam.

Sa, Dec 4 15th Annual Governors Ball The AmCham Board of Governors will hold the 15th Annual AmCham Governors’ Ball on Saturday, December 4, 2010. Tickets sold out!

Tu, Dec 7 Drive Hospitality Business Growth with Finance Management Excellence Join TRG International, Infor, SoftBrands and IBM speakers who will help your struggle with your spreadsheets and generic information and get to hospitality specific financials.

Tu, Dec 7 VN-US Business Forum: Yr-End Celebration Dinner to celebrate 15 years of Vietnam-U.S. normalization of relations (July 1995), 10 years since the signing of the Vietnam – U.S. Bilateral Trade Agreement (July 2000), and the remarkable development of Vietnam – U.S. trade and investment relations, with bilateral trade reaching about $ 18 billion in 2010.

We, Dec 8 IT Business Networking Night: Retail Solutions This event will help you find the perfect software for your Retail business. It will suggest methods to help the Retailer select the retail software that best meets its strategic direction and operational requirements. It’ll tell you what to look for and what to watch out for. You do not have to be an It expert, you do not have to be a retail expert, you just need to attend so you can learn what to look for.

Festive Season Celebrations at InterContinental Asiana Saigon include a range of exciting events in InterContinental style to ensure you have a memorable festive season and a truly special start to your New Year.

Tu, 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. Voting by secure online ballot will begin Mon, Nov 29 and end on Tue, Dec 14 at 6:30pm.

Fr-Su, Jan 21-23 AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend Join other AmCham members and guests in a networking weekend, with Chairman’s Roundtable discussion of key issues in Vietnam-U.S. trade and investment and outlook for 2011. Register now for this stimulating weekend, with optional activities including excursions, trekking and golf, spa and exquisite cuisine. The Dalat Palace epitomizes the seductive charm of Dalat. It is one of the few remaining historical hotels in Asia, and offers the finest in European atmosphere, amenities and service. Spaces are limited, so early registration is advised.

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Stay informed about Vietnam-U.S. trade and investment with Weekly Updates (Past Issues).

Last week’s most popular links to events and articles

Cai Mep Deepwater Ports – The Transit Hub for Southeast Asia
AmCham Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner
Human Resource Factors Influencing Investment in Vietnam (TalentNet)
Networking Night: Enabling a Resilient Business in Vietnam (IBM)
AmCham Thanksgiving Day Turkey Shoot Golf Tournament
2011 Membership Directory Company Listing and Announcements

Recent Events and Information Resources on AmCham Web Site

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

23 NovCai Mep Deepwater Ports: Vietnam’s Trans-Shipment Hub for ASEAN
.Presentation: Cai Mep Deepwater Ports
16 NovMembers Lunch: Vietnam’s Consumer Trends 2010
.Presentation: Vietnam’s Consumer Trends 2010
11 NovAAFA Briefing on U.S. Trade Policy: Implications for Vietnam
.Presentations on U.S. Trade Policy: Implications for Vietnam
.Welcome: Sesto Vecchi, Governor & Managing Partner, Russin & Vecchi
22 OctWork Force Development in Vietnam
.Presentation by Roma Arellano, Intel, and Jeff Goss, Arizona State Univ.
14 OctTowers, Watson 2010 Global Survey: Talent Management & Rewards
.Presentation by Yvonne Cox, Managing Director, Southeast Asia

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.

News and Issues Updates

Vietnam, ADB to negotiate on Ho Chi Minh City Metro Line 2 The USD 1.2 billion Line 2 line will include 11 stations stretching between Ben Thanh Market and Tham Luong in District 12, following a route through Pham Hong Thai, Cach Mang Thang Tam and Truong Chinh streets. Out of the main section’s total length of 11.3 km, 9.6 km will be underground.

“U.S. Trade Policy – Implications for Vietnam” Vietnam’s large and growing market share in the apparel and footwear markets, as well as other consumer goods markets, make it imperative that we in Vietnam understand the trends in U.S. trade policy. Download the presentations …

Local firms warned on new U.S. safety rules The law requires certification and testing for all the products imported by the U.S and CPSC-accredited third party testing for children’s products. The latter is due to take effect early next year. By February all children’s sleepwear must be tested by independent labs approved by the agency.

Swiss shipper finds resistance futile in U.S. bribery probe Surrender is now the norm under the 33-year-old Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. No company has risked an FCPA court fight in two decades out of fear that a conviction could lead to a loss of public contracts and higher penalties, lawyers said. After resolving two or three cases a year, the U.S. settled 47 corporate cases since 2005 without trial, reaping $ 3.3 billion for the U.S. Treasury.

More prosecutions expected under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) In addition to congressional scrutiny of the act, the executive branch appears to have increased oversight of suspected American businesses for alleged violations. There have been a number of settlements and indictments in 2010 concerning violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Vietnam tops must-visit destination poll Natural scenery, a new place and affordability were ranked as top attractions, as well as good food and the opportunity to experience new cultures. International tourist stays in Viet Nam average 3-5 days, according to survey results.

English Language Fluency Program With the specific aim to dramatically improve learners’ listening and speaking for use in business as well as socializing with foreigners, AmCham announcing the launch of the AmCham English Fluency Program on Oct 28.

Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, and Other Infrastructure

Vietnam and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement) The TPP negotiating partners currently include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States. Malaysia has officially requested to join the TPP negotiations.

Vietnam’s Socio-Economic Development Strategy for 2011-2020 Essential reading for any serious student of Vietnam’s policy formation process, and an important public document designed to frame informed debate. It is a key step in the preparation for the eleventh national congress of the ruling Party that will convene in January 2011.

Click this link to read News Highlights: Business, Trade, and Investment in Vietnam and Asia.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with over 100,000 visitors and 260,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

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