Weekly Update Sep 20: AmCham Scholarship, Coastal Cleanup, ADB Projects, Credit Guarantees


Upcoming Highlights

Fr-Su, Sep 24-26 Weekend in Hoi An
Sa, Sep 25 AmCham Scholarship 2010 Information Session
Sa, Sep 25 International Coastal Cleanup Day
Sa, Sep 25 ISSP Scholastic Book Fair & Charity Family Fun
Tu, Sep 28 ADB Finance/Development Projects in Vietnam and the GMS
Tu, Sep 28 Business Networking: Credit guarantees for agricultural imports from USA
Two Web Sites for Overseas U.S. Voters: Online Voter Registration & Ballot Delivery

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

From 20 September, Park Hyatt Saigon is proudly presenting world-class singer Rie Furuse to entertain discerning guests in the Park Lounge and embrace the festive spirit of the approaching Year End.

Fr-Su, Sep 24-26 Weekend in Hoi An Join the Fall Networking Weekend in Hoi An and take advantage of the opportunity to indulge in the luxury of The Nam Hai Resort.

Sa, Sep 25 AmCham Scholarship 2010 Information Session Meeting to explain AmCham Scholarship Program, Application and Selection procedures, to prospective applicants.

Sa, Sep 25 International Coastal Cleanup Day A great opportunity to promote healthy and diverse ecosystems, and educate people about the impact of their throw-away behavior.

Sa, Sep 25 ISSP Scholastic Book Fair & Charity Family Fun includes more than 10,000 quality English books, teacher materials, entertaining products for use in school and at home.

Tu, Sep 28 ADB Finance/Development Projects in Vietnam and the GMS The ADB is a major development assistance partner for Vietnam, for the period 2007-2010 the ADB provided US$ 3 billion in loans to Vietnam. This session will help you learn about ADB priorities and projects in Vietnam. In addition, you will understand the qualification and procurement requirements to do business with ADB-funded projects.

Tu, Sep 28 Business Networking: Credit guarantees for agricultural imports from the USA The U.S. Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) programs encourage imports of U.S. agricultural products from buyers in countries where credit is necessary, but where financing may not be available without CCC guarantees.

Th, Oct 14 4th Vietnam Container Ports & Logistics Conference On the back of increasing production costs in China, manufacturers are once again investing their dollars 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.

Th, Oct 21 Dr. Stephen R. Covey Live in Vietnam presents critical fundamentals from his world-renowned book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Th, Oct 21 APEC Transparency Standards on Gov’t Procurement in Vietnam Consultation meeting on the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transparency Standards on Government Procurement in Vietnam.

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. Organized by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA).

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

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News and Issues Updates

Alert: Proposed Decree on Retail Distribution, and a presentation from the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the subject. Click the link for more information and to download files in Vietnamese and English.

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.

Click this link to read News Highlights: Business, Trade, and Investment in Vietnam and Asia.

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Sa, Sep 25 AmCham Scholarship 2010 Information Session
Sa, Sep 25 International Coastal Clean Up Day (in Vung Tau)
Th, Oct 21 Dr. Stephen R. Covey: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
Tu, Sep 28 Asian Development Bank Finance and Development Priorities and Projects in Vietnam and the GMS
Tu, Sep 28 Business Networking Night: Credit guarantees for agricultural imports from the USA
Tu, Sep 7 Pre-employment Screening in Viet Nam

Recent Events and Information Resources on AmCham Web Site

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 links to download the

Project 30 Updates: Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Administrative Procedures Reform, Jun 15, 2010.

“China Plus One = Vietnam and ASEAN Presentation at Asia-Pacific Business Outlook, Apr 19, 2010.

Real Estate Market Update Presentation by CBRE Vietnam at Real Estate Networking Night, Apr 21, 2010.

Bitexco Financial Tower in HCM City Presentation by Turner International at Real Estate Networking Night, Apr 21, 2010.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham companies? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for nearly 500 AmCham companies, and over 1,000 representatives. Members can contact other members by email via the AmCham web site. Also, links to company web sites for even more information about AmCham companies in Ho Chi Minh City.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with over 100,000 visitors and 260,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

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