Weekly Update Oct 4: HR Roundtable @ Intel, Technology Conference, IPR, Talent Management & Reward


Fr, Oct 8 Human Resources RoundTable @ Intel in Saigon Hi-Tech Park
Mo-Th, Oct 11-14 Technology Business Conference & Entrepreneurship Workshop
We, Oct 13 IPR Enforcement Update and Outlook
Th, Oct 14 Towers Watson 2010 Global Talent Management and Rewards Survey
Th, Oct 14 4th Vietnam Container Ports & Logistics Conference
Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy in Vietnam: Some Challenges
ADB to mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects over 2011-2015
Two Web Sites for Overseas U.S. Voters

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Legend Hotel Saigon’s Weekend Getaway Package Due to great response to the package, Legend Hotel Saigon has extended its validity until 31 October 2010. Available for Vietnamese and expatriates residing in Vietnam, the package is priced at only US$ 99++ (VND 1,930,500++) for single or double occupancy in a Deluxe Room for the first night, US$ 89++ (VND 1,735,500++) per night for following nights and US$ 89++ (VND 1,735,500++) per night for an additional room with several special benefits.

Mo-We Oct 4-13, One Meter Beer only at Saigon Saigon Bar Guest has chance to enjoy one meter Tiger Beer with a German Laugen Pretzel at a very special rate while sitting at the most favorite bar in Saigon, over looking the city centre. Live music everyday with Cuban Band Luna Negra (except Tuesdays) and Warapo Band (Tuesdays).

Mo-Su Oct 4-17, Champagne & Chocolate Truffle at Caravelle Hotel Lobby Lounge Chocolates, strawberries and champagne – what better way to treat the one you love? A chilled glass of Mumm Champagne and half a dozen sweet ripe strawberries dipped in the most exquisite chocolate. From VND 150,000++

Fr, Oct 8 AmCham HR Committee RoundTable Discussion at Intel in Saigon Hi-Tech Park Come join us at the next HR Round Table Discussion at the Intel compound, sharing with Intel Vietnam and BP Vietnam and visiting Intel’s state of the art assembly and test facility.

Mo-Th, Oct 11-14 Technology Business Conference and Stanford University Entrepreneurship Workshop This conference will highlight what thought leaders are saying about the prospects for growth in Vietnam’s technology industry, future trends and key success factors within this unique market. Speakers include DFJ VinaCapital, IDGVV, IBM, Google, Yahoo, VNG, Cisco and many more. A great opportunity to speak with entrepreneurs, investors and technology enthusiasts.

We, Oct 13 IPR Enforcement Update and Outlook (Members Only) Peter Fowler, US Patent and Trademark Office Senior Counsel for Enforcement and Acting Deputy Administrator for External Affairs, will provide an update and outlook on current and future IPR issues in Vietnam, including the IP Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement.

We, Oct 13 Dine with Louis Jadot at Signature Restaurant An exclusive wine dinner hosted by Brand Ambassador Mrs. Camille Jouffroy. Experience the finest flavors of the world famous French wines while enjoying a five-course degustation menu prepared by Executive Chef Adam Tanner. A perfect wine matching dinner not to be missed.

Th, Oct 14 Results of the Towers Watson 2010 Global Talent Management and Rewards Survey The presentation will provide insights on attraction and retention in today’s business environment, as well as actions organisations can take to create a sustainable reward and talent management model.

Th, Oct 14 4th Vietnam Container Ports & Logistics Conference On the back of increasing production costs in China, manufacturers are once again investing in Vietnam’s potential as a manufacturing hub. Ports operators and logistics providers must satisfy the increasing needs of these customers and deliver high service levels to ensure competitiveness.

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Th, Oct 21 APEC Transparency Standards on Government Procurement in Vietnam (by invitation) Consultation meeting on the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transparency Standards on Government Procurement in Vietnam.

We, Oct 27 AmCham Young Professionals Palooza Party Come meet others in Ho Chi Minh City with free food and drink specials.

Th, Oct 28 AmCham English Fluency Program With the specific aim to dramatically improve learners’ listening and speaking for use in business as well as socializing with foreigners, we are announcing the launch of The AmCham English Fluency Program.

We, Nov 10 International Product Safety & Restricted Substances Conference Apparel and footwear brands must ensure that the dynamic U.S. government regulations and other restricted substances standards are in compliance throughout the supply chain. Retailers and industry experts will discuss product safety regulations, new testing requirements, utilization of AAFA’s Restricted Substances List (RSL), retailer concerns and consequences of non-compliance. Organized by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), supported by VCCI, VITAS, LEFASO, and AmCham.

Th, Nov 11 U.S. Trade Policy: Implications for Vietnam Attend this session to learn how the current U.S. political climate and “new U.S. trade agenda” will impact your business, and how you can take definitive actions to ensure your company is optimally positioned to cope with an ever-changing international trade environment.

Th, Nov 25 10th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot Scramble Golf Tournament (Members and Invited Guests) Register for this fun golf outing, held annually since 2001 to celebrate Thanksgiving, first organized by then AmCham Chairman. Enjoy 18 holes of golf, followed by comradeship at the Vietnam Golf and Country Club.

Th, Nov 25 11th AmCham Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner Join us in the old-fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey and all the trimmings, Pumpkin Pie, nice lucky draw prizes, and good entertainment.

Two Web Sites for Overseas U.S. Voters: Online Voter Registration & Ballot Delivery

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News and Issues Updates

ADB to mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects over 2011-2015| Eric Gagnon, Senior Procurement Specialist at the ADB Resident Mission (RM), in Vietnam, explained ADB projects and procurement procedures at a Business Opportunity Seminar organized by AmCham Vietnam (HCM City), together with Joel Fischl, U.S. Commercial Service ADB Liaison Office.

Vietnam must address concern that VND may slide, IMF’s Benedict Bingham says SBV deserves credit for managing monetary and exchange rate policy under difficult circumstances. However, weaknesses in monetary and exchange rate policy framework have come with a significant cost. Vietnam faces an “embedded expectation of a declining trend in the dong.”

Price registration to be effective from Oct 1, 2010 (Circular 122), although contrary to the spirit and objectives of the government’s Project 30 to simplify administrative burdens by 30 per cent by the end of this year (Project 30). Circular 122 may also affect assessments of Vietnam’s “market economy status.”

Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, and Other Infrastructure

Project 30: Administrative Procedures Reform: Update (July 20, 2010) Vietnamese citizens and businesses have high expectations for Project 30 with its enormous target of reducing administrative procedures (APs) to save AP compliance costs, ensure openness and transparency of the administrative system, and to overcome needless and costly red tape.

Vietnam and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement) The TPP negotiating partners currently include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States. Malaysia has officially requested to join the TPP negotiations.

Vietnam’s Socio-Economic Development Strategy for 2011-2020 Essential reading for any serious student of Vietnam’s policy formation process, and an important public document designed to frame informed debate. It is a key step in the preparation for the eleventh national congress of the ruling Party that will convene in January 2011.

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We, Oct 27 Yount Professionals’ Palooza Party
Tu, Oct 14 4th Vietnam Container Ports and Logistics Conference
Tu, Sep 28 Business Networking Night: Credit guarantees for agricultural imports from the USA
Soul of Jazz at Park Hyatt Saigon

Recent Events and Information Resources on AmCham Web Site

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Presentation: GSM-102 Export Credit Guarantee Program in Vietnam, Mark Rowse & Amy Slusher
Eric Gagnon: ADB in Vietnam: Projects and Procurement Procedures
Joel Fischl, U.S. Commercial Service ADB Liaison Office
Sep 7 Business Networking: Pre-employment screening
Presentation by Tom Vovers, HR2B: Pre-employment screening
Presentation by Sharon Fernandez, AIM: Pre-employment screening

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