Weekly Update Oct 29: Visas, United Airlines CEO, Commerce Secretary Business Mission

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Upcoming Events, Committee Meetings, and Other Activities

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Vietnam Business Forum: Annual Business Sentiment Survey Are conditions better for your business? Why or why not? Take this short survey and provide information to help improve the business environment.

Brief Guide to Intellectual Property in Vietnam, by Rouse & Co, will help companies doing business in Vietnam to understand the IP regime and know how best to protect and exploit IP in Vietnam.

Wed, Oct 31. Morning briefing: J-1 Visas for International Career-Related Experiences Since 1950, the Association for International Practical Training (AIPT) has provided expert advice and services to more than 55,000 people seeking international career-related experiences. AIPT provides support to thousands of students, early-career professionals, businesses, and attorneys seeking to expand their involvement in the global arena.

Mon, Nov 5: Lunch: United Airlines CEO Glenn Tilton will provide comments on United’s current strategies and plans for the Asia Pacific Region including route initiatives and enhanced customer service programs.

Tue, Nov 6: Welcome Dinner for U.S. Commerce Secretary Mission The mission will highlight export opportunities for U.S. businesses, and will include representatives of 25 leading U.S. firms, with annual revenues of $345 billion, an indication of their global reach. Dinner includes cultural performance. Show your involvement. Be there. Welcome new business.

Wed, Nov 7: Town Meeting with U.S. Commerce Secretary – Focus on CSR, Education, and Training for AmCham member and associate company executives and staff, together with Vietnamese business associations at the HCM City University of Technology – to highlight the support that AmCham member firms are giving to education and training in Vietnam. Admission is free of charge.

Sat, Dec 1: AmCham Governors Ball A formal event held in the festive style of the season … to raise funds for community support programs funded by and through the AmCham-United Way partnership.

Membership Directory 2008 Please update your contact information. We are sending faxes to all members for updated contact information. If you have new or changed contact information, please contact Ms. Huong at the AmCham office (824 3562). And, as you plan your advertising, be sure to include the AmCham Membership Directory.

News and Issues Updates

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U.S. Commerce Department Completes First Review of Import Data: finds insufficient evidence of dumping to warrant self-initiating an anti-dumping investigation.

U.S. Imports of Apparel from Vietnam Increase 25% in Jan-Aug 2007 period over same period in 2006. If this trend continues, U.S. imports of apparel from Vietnam may reach $ 4.25 billion this year, more than 40% of the projected U.S. total imports from Vietnam of over $ 10 billion.

No Tropical Storms this week – all clear in the Eastern Sea
We are in the typhoon season, with storms spinning out of the Eastern Sea. None are approaching Vietnam at this time. Click the link for weather information, including the latest satellite weather photos updated every hour.

Event Presentations, Downloads, and PHOTO ALBUMS

Event Presentations, Downloads, 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.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for our 400 member and associate companies, and about 800 representatives. Also with links to their company web sites for even more information about American and international businesses in Ho Chi Minh City.

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