Weekly Update Oct 19: 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)

AmCham Scholarship Program 2009 Over 400 students from top universities in HCM City submitted applications for the AmCham Scholarship 2009. Click the link for details.

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.

Lupit as of 7am VN time, Oct 19, 2009Oct-Nov are “storm season” months. At left is the past and forecast track of Tropical Storm LUPIT as of Mon, Oct 19, 2009, 7am VN time. It is a powerful Category 4 typhoon as it starts across the Eastern Sea. Note that the track of the long-lived storm has varied, and that storm tracks can and do change frequently. Click on the image for an updated forecast during the week.

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Mo-Th, Oct 19 – 29 Shellfish Catch at the Caravelle Hotel’s Nineteen Restaurant Share the pleasure with your friends, thanks to Chef Timo’s pass-around specialties: sea cockles steamed with laksa leaves, peanuts, and soy fish sauce. Soft shell crab fried in tempura batter, served with tamarind dipping sauce. Oysters Mornay with a gratin of creamy cheese sauce. River prawns grilled in garlic herb butter. Mussels baked in an herbed breadcrumb crust.

Sa, Oct 24 Sheraton Saigon Wine Dinner, Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé Wines Join Jean Marie Bourgeois, winemaker and owner of the famous Bourgeois winery, for a 5-course dinner paired with award-winning wines from the vineyards of Henri Bourgeois in Sancerre, France and Clos Henri in Marlborough, New Zealand. A rare opportunity to enjoy the great wines of the world in a unique setting.

Tu, Oct 27 New Deepwater Ports in the Southern Key Economic Region Get an update on new deepwater port developments in Ho Chi Minh City and the Southern Key Economic Region. Special presentation by Saigon Newport Holding Company.

Vacancy Announcement: Country Director, Vietnam. Institute of International Education An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education, one of the world’s largest and most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization, is seeking candidates to fill the following vacancy: Country Director, Vietnam.

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 Masterclass 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

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 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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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 link to download the HCMC v Hanoi: Understanding Consumer Differences, Oct 09, 2009

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