Weekly Update Nov 7: Membership Directory 2012; How do companies react to high inflation?


AmCham Membership Directory 2012: Company Listings and Announcements
We, Nov 9 Networking Night: How Do Companies React to High Inflation?
We, Nov 16 Morning Briefing: Making Arbitration Work for You
Sa, Nov 19 Consular Club Bazaar 2011
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 7, 2011. May-Nov is “Typhoon Season.” On average, there are 27 typhoons each year.

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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.


VILAF’s Continued Growth of Legal Practice VILAF is very delighted to announce the further strengthening of its legal practice with critical achievement and growth of its legal team. VILAF’s commitment to higher quality, professionalism and excellence to its clients is exemplified by its strong and diverse legal team.

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.

Fr-Th, Nov 4-24, Tasty Shanghai at Renaissance Hotel For Chinese food lovers, this is a wonderful chance to savor a wide selection of Shanghai specialties, which will be prepared by special guest chefs from the JW Marriott Shanghai Hotel.

Sa-Su, Nov 5-13 Irresistible Ciroc and Salmon Pairing at Caravelle Snack on lightly-cured smoked salmon served on toasted apricot hazelnut bread with chive sour cream, washed down with an invigorating shot of Ciroc vodka. The cosmopolitan combo goes for VND 298,000++, available from 5:00 pm until midnight.

Nov 23 (HCMC), Nov 26 (Hanoi) Duc Tuan in Paradico – Classics from Vietnam and Broadway Booking ticket, please call 0908014954, 0913625725, 0982021982. http://www.facebook.com/paradisoconcert

We, Nov 9 Dialogue with HCMC Customs Department Get updates on changes of VN Customs Law and Procedures, and discuss your experiences with HCMC Customs Department officials.

We, Nov 9 Networking Night: How Do Companies React to High Inflation? In response to such a changing economy, organizations have considered to take some actions in addition to salary increase to support for their employees. These kinds of data will be very beneficial for companies to study and make some applications subject to their business status for a good retention strategy.

We, Nov 16 Making Arbitration Work for You Practical Considerations in Implementing Vietnam’s New Commercial Arbitration Framework.

Sa, Nov 19 Consular Club Bazaar 2011 A chance to experience different cultures, handicrafts, music, and food from around the globe. All proceeds to charity. Grand raffle draw begins at 10:30 am. Photo with Santa for vnd 100,000

We, Nov 23 (HCMC) & Th, Nov 24 (Hanoi) Innovative Human Capital Solutions for Vietnam Businesses! Towers Watson will share the findings of our 2011 Vietnam General Industry Compensation Survey Findings/ Autumn. Get the latest market trend information including salary increases, staff turnovers and hot HR issues in the market.

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.

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.

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.

Th, Dec 1 Vietnam Serviced Apartment Investment Conference: “Challenges and Opportunities” is designed for property investors and developers, operators, consultants as well as others real estate participants be considering to enter the market in the future. The purpose of the conference is to help businesses to understand the serviced apartment market, the challenges & opportunities, developing processes of serviced apartments.

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.

USA Franchise Business Mission to Hanoi (We,Dec 7) and Ho Chi Minh City (Fr, Dec 9) 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.

First Solar Postpones Vietnam Factory to Reduce Spending New CEO will focus on completing a new factory in Mesa, Arizona, and implementing improvements to existing production lines in the U.S., Germany and Malaysia.

U.S. officials worried about shipping containers from Vietnam that have exploded at seaports around the globe rec, killing three mechanics. U.S. maritime officials blame faulty refrigeration units processed at the Port of Kat Lai for the blasts.

Competition deepens in the East Sea (South China Sea) In the run-up to the mid-November East Asia Summit (EAS), the Philippines and Vietnam have sent a preemptive joint message: they are not willing to yield to rising Chinese pressure on unresolved territorial issues.

Vietnam, Japan to open deputy minister defense dialogue The leaders agreed that peace and stability in the East Sea is in the international community’s common interest, and that they welcomed the passing of the Declaration of Conduct in the East Sea and appealed for the compliance with it.

Exxon Makes Find off Vietnam’s central coast Exxon’s discovery is important for Vietnam, which is trying to boost its oil and gas production as the country’s aging fields fail to meet growing domestic demand. Vietnam, a net oil exporter and the third-largest oil producer in South Asia, started awarding exploration rights in 2004 to companies from the U.S., Canada and India.

China issues fresh warning regarding exploration in East Sea (South China Sea) “Any foreign company shall not engage in oil and gas activities in waters under Chinese jurisdiction. This position is clear and consistent,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

Petrovietnam bids for ConocoPhillips’ Vietnam assets “The investment is in our country, so we are determined, with our largest possible efforts, to buy,” said a senior PetroVietnam executive.

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.

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

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

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AmCham Membership Directory 2012: Company Listing and Announcements
How Do Companies React to High Inflation?
BRIBELine: Report a Bribe (anonymously)
12th AmCham Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner
Legal & VBF Liaison Committee Meeting
Halloween Nightmare at Caravelle, Oct 31

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.

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 20Members Night and Networking Cocktail Reception
Sep 19Economic Dynamism: Growth and Overcoming the Limits of Geography
Sep 172011 International Coastal Cleanup Day
Sep 15Real Estate Networking Night – The Vietnam Industrial Sector
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
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Road Network in 2015
ADB to Mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects over 2011 – 2015
Asian Development Bank: VN Economic Fact Sheet
World Bank: Vietnam Economic Data and Statistics
2011 Total Remuneration Survey: Mercer & Talentnet. 329 Firms, 90,282 employees
Connecting Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Railways: A Strategic Framework
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
Trade and Investment News from Washington DC
Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)

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