Weekly Update Oct 17: “Pharma 3.0”, Palooza


Vietnam Business Sentiment Survey 2011
AmCham Scholarship 2011
AmCham • Intel Women in Engineering Scholarship 2011
Tu, Oct 25 Members Lunch: Achieving/Delivering Health Outcomes – 2010 & 2011 Reports on “Pharma 3.0”
We, Oct 26 AmCham Palooza Party @ Orientica, Hotel Equatorial
Su, Oct 30 Application Deadline AmCham • Intel Women in Engineering Scholarship
Th-Sa, Nov 10-12, APEC CEO Summit: Honolulu, Hawaii
We, Dec 14 Annual General Meeting
Mo-Tu, Mar 26-27 Asia Pacific Business Outlook, Los Angeles CA
Connecting Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Railways: A Strategic Framework
Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project Map

There are no active tropical storms approaching Vietnam in the NW Pacific as of Oct 17, 2011.

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers

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Vietnam Business Sentiment Survey 2011 The Business Sentiment Survey is carried out by the Secretariat of the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) on an annual basis. The survey is an opportunity for businesses to comment on the current business environment in Vietnam. The purpose is to report to senior government officials the sentiment of the business community and identify critical areas where actions are needed to improve your business prospects in Vietnam.

Oct 21 – 26 US Beef Feast at Caravelle Steak-lovers can sate their cravings with specially selected cuts of US Beef Tenderloin, US Rib Eye and US Black Angus Beef Strip Loin, priced by weight and cooked to their liking over a charcoal-heated iron grill.

Tu, Oct 25 Members Lunch: Achieving/Delivering Health Outcomes – 2010 & 2011 Reports on “Pharma 3.0” Ernst & Young global and regional Life Sciences Leaders will present the highlights of the highly publicized 2010 and 2011 reports on “Pharma 3.0,” which describe the innovation and integration of major traditional giants and entries of nontraditional players into Life Science fields focusing on “achieving/delivering healthy outcomes.”

We, Oct 26 AmCham Palooza Party @ Orientica, Hotel Equatorial Monthly networking event at the coolest and latest nightspots in Ho Chi Minh City. A platform to develop new friendships, and information exchange.

Th-Sa, Nov 10-12, APEC CEO Summit: helping define the future of private-sector engagement in the Asia-Pacific is the Asia-Pacific’s premier business event, drawing thousands of economic and business leaders from around the region and beyond. Unparalleled opportunities for business executives to engage in dialogue with global leaders and ministers of foreign affairs and trade, discover business opportunities through networking with CEOs from hundreds of top Asia-Pacific companies, and to forge connections with economic thought leaders from around the region and the world.

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

The International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC), located in District 2 has been successfully graduating students with an IB Diploma to high-profile overseas colleges and universities since 1999. ISHCMC is the only authorized IB World School in Ho Chi Minh City, providing an International Baccalaureate curriculum (PYP, MYP, and IBDP) to all of their students, from ages 2 to 18 years.

Vietnam says India can explore “We welcome foreign companies to work with Vietnamese partners in oil and gas projects on the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of Vietnam and in conformity with Vietnamese laws.”

India’s ONGC Videsh signs pact with PetroVietnam Both state-run companies will explore investments in the petroleum sector, exchange information on the oil and gas industry and expand exploration and production operations including refining, transportation and supply in Vietnam, India and other countries.

“Vietnam a huge business opportunity for India” in sectors like healthcare, oil and gas, manufacturing, agro-industry, pharmaceuticals, automotive, IT, shipping and ports, electrical consumer appliances, education and road infrastructure.

China, Vietnam emphasize fraternal ties Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was accompanied of a visit to China by a delegation consisting of senior CPV officials, a vice prime minister and six ministers on his visit to China.

EMAS Production Achieves First Oil in Vietnam with Lewek EMAS EMAS’s latest and largest FPSO commences on US$ 1b charter to Premier Oil for up to 12 years.

Germany’s Merkel visits Vietnam to boost trade amid European debt crisis Merkel and Vietnamese Prime Minister Dung signed a “strategic partnership” agreement similar to ones Vietnam has signed with seven other countries including China, Russia, Japan and South Korea.

Vietnam Must Avoid a Premature Easing of Policy, IMF Says “There mustn’t be a gap between the headline policy message that they’re committed to maintaining this strategy until the job is done, and the actual implementation of monetary policy,” said the IMF senior resident representative in Vietnam.

Vietnam loses appeal to foreign investment amid economic woes Once seen as on its way to joining economic tigers Taiwan and South Korea, Vietnam has seen foreign investment decline sharply amid labor problems, crumbling roads, and the global financial crisis. . Now, the number of foreigners leaving Vietnam slightly exceeds those entering, contrasting a 4-to-1 ratio favoring arrivals in 2008, says Ralf Matthaes, regional managing director with market research firm TNS Global.

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AmCham Scholarship 2011
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ADB to mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects over 2011 – 2015
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AmCham • Intel Women in Engineering Scholarship 2011

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.

Sep 20Members Night and Networking Cocktail Reception
. Presentation for New Members – Herb Cochran, Executive Director
.Asian Development Bank: VN Economic Fact Sheet
.World Bank: Vietnam Economic Data and Statistics
Sep 19Economic Dynamism: Growth and Overcoming the Limits of Geography
.Presentation by John Silvia
.Photo album (17 photos)
Sep 172011 International Coastal Cleanup Day
.Photo album (61 photos)
Sep 15Real Estate Networking Night – The Vietnam Industrial Sector
.Presentation by Greg Ohan, CBRE
.Presentation by Quek Sze Kheng, MapleTree Vietnam
.Presentation: Sustainable Talent Management Strategy – Cathy Loose, Towers Watson
Sep 07Members Lunch: Build Your Employer Brand in Vietnam
.Specific Project Professional Indemnity Insurance
.Cambodia Trade and Investment Opportunities
.SRP International Group
Jul 2Photo Highights: AmCham’s July 4th Picnic
Jun 14World Blood Donor Day 2011
.News Highights: AmCham’s World Blood Donor Day

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
About AmCham : Support for Education in Vietnam
Consumer Trends in Vietnam, 2005 – 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

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