Weekly Update Oct 12: Columbus Day, Draft Labour Law, Deepwater Ports, Real Estate Networking

Latest updates on H1N1/A Flu from U.S. Center for Disease Control, U.S. Department of State (Travel), and World Health Organization (WHO)

China – H1N1/A Quarantine Measures. The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the quarantine measures imposed by the Government of China that may affect travel to China.

Deadline Extended: Th, Oct 15 is the extended and final deadline for U.S. taxpayers to file Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report U.S. Taxpayers who reported and paid tax on all their 2008 taxable income but only recently learned of their FBAR (Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report) filing obligation and have insufficient time to gather the necessary information to complete the FBAR, should file the delinquent FBAR report according to the instructions and attach a statement explaining why the report is filed late.

We, Oct 14 Application Deadline for AmCham Scholarship Program 2009. Oct 18 is the deadline for sending official GPA and ETS Certificates. In partnership with Vietnam National University, – Ho Chi Minh City, and the Foreign Trade University in HCM City, AmCham will grant scholarships to top students after a three-step selection process. In addition to the scholarship, the process introduces students to AmCham member firms and prepares them for the world of work after university.

Typhoon PARMA, Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 7am VN TimeOct-Nov are “storm season” months. At left is the past and forecast track of Tropical Storm PARMA as of Mon, Oct 12, 2009, 7am VN time. Note that the track of the storm was very uncertain as it reversed coursed and circled in the northern Philippines. Storm tracks can and do change frequently. Click on the image for an updated forecast. Only a “tropical depression” as it approaches Hanoi, it was a Category 4 typhoon in the Philippine Sea (red-colored track).

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Mo, Oct 12 Columbus Day (U.S. Holiday) is celebrated on the second Monday in October. It recognizes the European discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492. U.S. Government and AmCham offices closed.

Renaissance Riverside Hotel Meet @ 19 Experience the brand new boardrooms on the 19th floor, with stunning river views and fully equipped with the latest technology.

Mo, Oct 12 Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner at Caravelle Hotel’s Restaurant Nineteen Enjoy a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dinner to give thanks at the close of the harvest season.

Fr, Oct 16 Consultation on the Revised Draft Labour Code Following consultation on the Revised Draft Labour Code (Draft Code), the VBF Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning & Investment and Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs will organize another consultation meeting on the Draft Labour Code. Click the link for details, registration, and to download comments received by the VBF so far.

Andrea Hamilton at the Park Lounge: A Tasteful Blend of Jazz, Soul, and Pop Plan an evening at the Park Lounge to enjoy live entertainment with Park Hyatt Saigon’s new resident entertainer Andrea Hamilton, a songwriter and pianist from Kansas City, Missouri.

Mo-Su, Oct 12-18 Burger Nights at the Caravelle Hotel’s Saigon Saigon Bar Enjoy delicious burgers at the Saigon Saigon Bar. RoofTop via 9F.

Tu, Oct 27 New Deepwater Ports in the Southern Key Economic Region (date to be confirmed)

Authentic Thai Promotion at Park Hyatt Saigon Make a wonderful start to your day with a special spa package carefully designed by our Master Therapist which includes an exotic Thai massage of your choice, followed by a traditional Thai set lunch or dinner prepared by guest chef Achara from the Erawan Tea Room restaurant at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok.

Profit by Influencing the Future: Future Scanning Master Classes in HCM City (Th, Oct 29) and Hanoi (Fr, Oct 30). Traditionally, senior management and corporate planners have relied upon industry magazines, university research papers, trade shows etc to get a feel for what the future holds in terms of topics they should consider when preparing next year’s business plan. Since the global recession has become a reality, leading businessmen and government officials are looking for a better way of looking ahead. By attending this seminar, industry leaders can gain insights into a wide range of factors affecting the future from a single source.

Th, Nov 12 Members Lunch: Is the Vietnamese consumer’s glass half-full or half-empty?

Th-Sa, Nov 12-14 The APEC CEO Summit in Singapore

Su-Sa, Nov 15-21 HCM City Trade and Investment Mission to San Francisco and Los Angeles (SAVE THE DATE: details to be provided)

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. (date to be confirmed)

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

Th, Nov 26 10th AmCham Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner

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 early 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

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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