Weekly Update Sep 03: National Day, APEC, Members Night, Leadership in Asia

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Upcoming Events, Committee Meetings, and Other Activities

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Sep 2, Vietnam’s National Day and the August Revolution (1945)
Official Vietnamese Holiday celebrating Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence and National Foundation. Click the link to learn more about this important holiday.

Thu, Sep 13, Members Night: Meet the U.S. Consulate General
Meet the new Consul General and other newly arrived officers. Introductions and brief from the U.S. Consulate General. Cockail reception with networking opportunties with over 100 members. Spouses and guests are we!ome and encouraged to attend !

Fri, Sep 14, Roundtable on Investment Law and WTO Investment Related Commitments
Half day roundtable with presentations followed by discussion and Q&A with two of the key architects at the Ministry of Planning & Investment who helped shape the Investment Law and negotiated the investment-related WTO commitments.

Mon-Tue, Sep 17-18, Vietnam-U.S. ICT Commercial Dialogue
A dialogue will be between government-to-government, business-to-business, and combined governments to business, with a focus on trade and investment promotion in the ICT industries. Click the link for more information.

Wed, Sep 19, Lunch: Leadership in Asia
Leadership is perhaps the greatest challenge of any business career. But how should a leader behave in the Asian cultural context? How to navigate differing behavioral norms or deal with the ethical issues that can arise? Prof. DeKrey will share real life experiences of Asia’s unique leadership challenge. Whether you are a seasoned business leader or on your first assignment to Asia, you will gain insight into the practical issues of leadership in the Asian context. Click the link for information and to register online.

Tue, Oct 2, First Advantage Asia-Pacific seeks meetings to set up office in Vietnam
FIRST ADVANTAGE ASIA PACIFIC provides a total solution to talent acquisition and is the largest provider of Employment Background Screening Services in the Asia region. We currently run comprehensive programs for over 700 companies in the region. We have recently started pursuing the option of setting up an office in Vietnam in order to provide the local and international market access to our world class services, and we would like to meet with parties interested in learning more about our services and who can provide feedback on doing business in Vietnam.

Oct 10-14 HCMC International Furniture & Handicrafts Fair
Vietnam’s export of furniture for bedrooms has prospered for three years with export to the U.S. gaining the strongest growth. As a result, export revenue of bedroom furniture in 2005 was over US$ 200 million and surged to US$ 500 million out of US$ 2 billion of woodwork export turnover.

Tue-Wed, Oct 30-31. Southern Economic Zone Investment Mart 2007
In a unified effort of the provinces in the Southern Economic Zone, the Investment and Trade Promotion Center of HCM City, together with all the provinces, will organize a two-day conference for international investors to consider investment and business opportunities in the region. Click the link for background, schedule, registration and sponsorship.

Nov – U.S. Commerce Secretary to lead Business Development Mission
U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez announced he will lead a business development mission to Vietnam in late 2007. The mission will highlight export opportunities for U.S. businesses, and is the first Secretarial Business Development mission to visit Vietnam.

Sun-Wed, Nov 11-14, AmCham Singapore Business Development Mission to HCM City
Members of AmCham Singapore visit HCM City to explore business opportunities. 90% of AmCham Singapore members have regional responsibilities in Southeast Asia.

News and Issues Updates

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AmCham-United Way Information Meeting for Local Community Partners
Volunteers and staff met with local HCM City Community Partners to provide information about focus areas and the grant application process. Click the link to see the information and the timeline for 2007 Grants. Additional volunteers are welcome and encouraged to join.

President Bush to attend APEC leaders meeting in Sydney, 04-08 Sep 2007
An annual gathering of the leaders of 21 member economies that make up the world’s most dynamic economic region, comprising 56 percent of the world’s gross domestic product and half of the world’s trade. For the United States, this region is extremely important, as 66 percent of U.S. products go to that region. The importance that the President attaches to APEC is demonstrated by the fact that he has not missed an APEC leaders meeting since taking office. And this will be the seventh that he has attended.

U.S. economic and trade sanctions on Burma (Myanmar) extended
Economic sanctions were originally established by the U.S. Congress and approved by President Clinton in 1997. In addition to banning all U.S. imports from Burma (Myanmar), the legislation places a freeze on the regime’s assets in the U.S., requires the U.S. to vote against loans to the regime from the World Bank or IMF. Includes link to background and commentary – “What to do about Burma,” by Thant Myint-U, former fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Expect new U.S. product safety legislation this fall
Congressional action could include tougher product safety penalties on importers: increase fines for food and toy violations resulting in death from $ 500,000 to $ 50 million.

U.S. Interagency Working Group on import safety to hold public meeting
Formed in response to the concerns about health and safety problems related to imports of pet food, tooth paste, and toys from China.

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Weather – Tropical depressions, storms, and typhoons
We are in the typhoon season, with storms spinning out of the Eastern Sea. None are approaching Vietnam at this time, although there is one tropical storm approaching Japan. Click the link for weather information, including the latest satellite weather photos updated every hour.

Dong Nai Bridge Traffic Diversion to start Aug 20
Beginning August 20, vehicles seating seven passengers or less and heading towards Ho Chi Minh City will be diverted to the Hoa An bridge, also located in Bien Hoa city.

Dong Nai Bridge may collapse at any time
The 43-year-old Dong Nai Bridge, connecting three industrial hubs—Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong—can collapse any time, an official has warned. It is ” … safe, unless overloaded … ,” according to the Ministry of Transport.

Event Presentations, Downloads, and PHOTO ALBUMS
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  • Aug 31 AmCham – United Way Information Meeting for Local Community Partners – Grant Application
  • July 13-14 Nike Apparel Sale for Charity – PHOTO ALBUM
  • June 30 AmCham Independence Day & Family Picnic PHOTO ALBUM
  • June 21 U.S. Chamber Lunch in honor of President Triet – PHOTO ALBUM

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