Weekly Update Oct 26: Deepwater Ports, Palooza, Vietnamese Consumers, 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 281student applicants from top universities in HCM City qualified for the next stage of the AmCham Scholarship Progam 2009 – English Language Test sponsored by Bright Language. For over 20 years Bright Language has been helping companies to assess and score the foreign language proficiency of staff members.

Sa, Dec 05 14th Annual Governors Ball Please make your reservation request this week to avoid disappointment.

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.

Oct-Nov are “storm season” months, but no tropical storms are approaching Vietnam as of Oct 26. Tropical Storm LUPIT was headed across the Eastern Sea last week (Oct 19), but reversed course and is now SW of Japan. Note that the track of the long-lived storm has varied, and that storm tracks can and do change frequently. Click on the link for an updated forecast.

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.

Tu, Oct 27 New Deepwater Ports in the Southern Key Economic Region 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.

Fr, Oct 30. Registration Deadline for MEET VIETNAM Business Mission in San Francisco Nov 16 Dr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, and former Vice Chair of HCM City People’s Committee will lead a high-level mission of 60+ business leaders and Vietnamese officials from HCM City, Can Tho, and Da Nang to meet with California organizations interested in business opportunities with Vietnam at the MEET VIETNAM Business Forum in San Francisco on Mon, Nov 16, 2009. Click the link to register online before Oct 30. The mission will include individual business appointments on Nov 17-18 and additional meetings in California.

Sa Oct 31 Halloween at Legend Hotel Saigon’s Atrium Cafe Enjoy this traditional night themed in colors and costumes creating a true Halloween atmosphere. Legend Hotel Saigon’s spectacular buffet spread at Atrium Cafe will include special dishes associated with this night, and definitely not to be missed.

Tu-Th, Nov 3-5 To celebrate the 100th birthday of Chateau de Beaucastel, Park Hyatt Saigon is delighted to welcome Pierre Perrin, owner of Perrin & Fils, and Chef Laurent Deconinck, chef de cuisine at Chateau de Beaucastel, to a food and wine galore event which will be held at the hotel from Nov 3 – 5, 2009.

Fr, Nov 6 (HCMC) and Tu, Nov 9 (Hanoi) Seminars – Watson Wyatt 2009 Autumn Total Rewards Survey Findings Reports are available on Oct 30 and seminars will present the survey findings; analyze the market HR practice and trends in Vietnam and Asia Pacific; open chance for networking and discussion. The seminars are scheduled in HCMC on Nov 6 and in Hanoi on Nov 10. To purchase the reports, or for information on the seminars, please click on the link or call: Ms. Kieu Dung at 3821 9488, ext 318.

We, Nov 11 Young Professionals Palooza Party The monthly Young Professionals Palooza Party is a new platform to develop new friendships, networking opportunities and information exchange. People from all age groups are welcome to attend – there’s no age limit, you just have to be young at heart!

Th, Nov 12 Members Lunch: Is the Vietnamese consumer’s glass half-full or half-empty? 2009 has been a year of immense change in Vietnam. 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. Come join us and gain insight into Vietnam’s consumer habits 2009, learn how you can deal with these changes and find out…

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.

Th-Fr Nov 12-13 Vietnam Youth Marketing: Connecting with the 8X and 9X Generations Internet Savvy. Rebellious. Cool. Open-minded. Meet today’s Vietnamese youths who are growing up with their own set of ideals and beliefs. Understand the psyche of the various youth segments and tap on the right channels to create the spark and connection with this new digital-age generation. 15% discount on Registration Fee for AmCham members.

Navigate Vietnam’s tax and accounting regime with reliable and practical resources from CCH that boast both breadth and depth of information. Besides covering the latest tax and legal developments in Taxes in Vietnam: An Overview and Vietnam Investors’ Guide: Business Law, CCH also provides expert guidance on interpreting IFRS and US GAAP as well as other essential accounting tools that will aid in simplifying your work processes and ensuring timely and accurate decision-making.

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

Mo, Nov 30 The Vietnam Finance and Capital Markets Conference Co-organized by EuroMoney and the Ministry of Finance, will bring together over 800 senior government officials, foreign portfolio investors, FDI investors, local capital market leaders and senior leaders of state owned enterprises to discuss and examine Vietnam’s investment and growth opportunities.

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

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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