Weekly Update Nov 9: Palooza, Vietnamese Consumers, Real Estate Networking, Thanksgiving

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Update your free company listing in the print version of the Membership Directory 2010 If you have new or changed contact information, please contact Ms. Huong at the AmCham office (3824 3562). And, as you plan your advertising, be sure to include the AmCham Membership Directory.

Th, Nov 26 10th AmCham Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner

Door Prize, Raffle Prizes, and Silent Auction Items at the Governors Ball, Sa, Dec 5

Tu, Dec 08 Annual General Meeting AmCham invites members, associates and their guests to attend the Annual General Meeting and Members Night Networking Reception. Spouses and partners are not only invited but encouraged to attend with you.

AmCham Scholarship Program 2009 After 269 students/applicants from top universities in HCM City took the English language test Oct 31, 136 qualified for the next stage of the AmCham Scholarship 2009 Selection Process, the on-line Assessment sponsored by Profiles International, the global leader in development/provision of recruitment and performance management tools.

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Seeking volunteers from AmCham companies to interview applicants for AmCham Scholarship The AmCham Human Resources Committee manages a rigorous selection process for the AmCham Scholarships over three months from Sep to Nov, with an application review, English Language Test, Pofiles Assessment, and finally an interview in English on November 28. The Awards Ceremony is on December 12. We are seeking volunteers for the interview in English on Nov 28.

Tu, Nov 10 – Fri, Nov 20 APEC-related events in Singapore for AmCham members Global business leaders arrive in Singapore this week to join in the APEC CEO Summit, organized in connection with the Summit meeting of the Leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum. AmCham Singapore invites AmCham Vietnam members to participate at “member rates” in their APEC-related events. Speakers include U.S. Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, CEOs of Yahoo!, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Parcel Service (UPS), Edelman Public Relations, Heidrick & Struggles, Morgan Stanley Asia, and Tiger Airways.

We, Nov 11 Young Professionals Palooza Party at NIGHTSPOT, Level 23, Sheraton Saigon Enjoy the SONIC Band at the monthly Young Professionals Palooza Party, a platform to develop new friendships, networking opportunities and information exchange.

We, Nov 11 – Su, Nov 15 Gourmet Dinner with Guest Chef Wayne Booth at Sheraton Saigon’s Signature Restaurant, Level 23. He will showcase his menu inspired by Australia’s unique flavours and signature produce.

Celebrations at the Park Hyatt in the Festive Season Planning to celebrate the Festive Season? Park Hyatt Saigon offers a premium venue and value! Choose from a variety of special menus and we can customize to your preference.

Th, Nov 12 Members Lunch: Is the Vietnamese consumer’s glass half-full or half-empty? 2009 has been a year of immense change. Consumers have changed their spending habits, brand affiliations and overall outlook largely due to the global recession, but also due to the impact of 15 years of Vietnam’s economic revitalization. Gain insight into Vietnam’s consumer habits 2009, learn how you can deal with these changes and …

Fr, Nov 13 Morning Briefing: U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Vietnam The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) product offerings include Political Risk Insurance for “non-commercial risks,” Finance, both loans and loan guaranties, and nearly $ 3.2 billion funding for over 40 privately-owned and managed Investment Funds in 54 developing countries.

Mo, Nov 16 Meet Vietnam Business Mission A high-level delegation of Vietnamese business leaders and officials from southern Vietnam (HCM City, Can Tho, Da Nang) will meet with companies and organizations in San Francisco, Houston, and Los Angeles that are interested in trade and investment opportunities.

Tu, Nov 17 Members Lunch: Climate Change – What Intel Has Done and Is Doing About It Climate change, or “global warming,” increasingly is a front-line environmental policy issue worldwide. Momentum has grown to address climate change and related energy security issues in many parts of the world. Intel believes that climate change is a serious economic, social and environmental challenge that warrants a serious societal response, and this belief is reflected in our own stewardship actions.

Tu, Nov 17 Real Estate Development in HCM City and Networking Night Update on market developments and a presentation by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the U.S. firm selected to design the Ho Chi Minh City headquarters of Vietcombank. Founded in 1977 by Cesar Pelli and Fred Clarke, Pelli Clarke Pelli has designed some of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the International Financial Centre in Hong Kong. (to be confirmed)

Th, Nov 19 ICT Committee: Integrating Hotel Technologies : Breaking down the walls and closing the customer loop. Afternoon Seminar and Business Networking Night. Online Distribution, Revenue Management and CRM are all converging and impact Hotels’ operations and profits. How these different technologies relate to each other, how they fit together, and why it’s so important that they all should integrate with each other. How Hotels can make money or lose money by doing things the right or wrong way. Enjoy informal Business Networking Night reception following the seminar.

Th, Nov 19 Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé – Caravelle Hotel. Each November, from little villages and towns in France like Romanèche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. Banners proclaim the good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! “The New Beaujolais has arrived!

Th, Nov 26 9th Annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Shoot” Golf Tournament

Th, Nov 26 10th AmCham Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner

Update your listing in the print version of the Membership Directory 2010 If you have new or changed contact information, please contact Ms. Huong at the AmCham office (3824 3562). And, as you plan your advertising, be sure to include the AmCham Membership Directory.

Sa, Dec 05 14th Annual Governors Ball The AmCham Board of Governors cordially invites Members and their Guests to the 14th Annual AmCham Governors’ Ball, to be held on Saturday, December 5, 2008. Tickets are limited, so please make your reservation request this week to avoid disappointment.

Tu, Dec 08 Annual General Meeting 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.

Sa, Dec 12 AmCham Scholarship 2009 Award Ceremony

Th, Dec 17 Financial Consolidation: Challenges and Solutions for VAS, IFRS, and Various Stock Exchanges For CEOs, CFOs, and key finance staff. Details to be provided

Sa-Su, Jan 22-24 Dalat Winter Weekend and Roundtable 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 2010.

Su-We, Feb 14-17 TET Lunar New Year – Year of the Tiger

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