Weekly Update Sep 28: Project 30 Meetings, GMS Energy Conference, HR Trends, Countervailing Duties?

Latest updates on H1N1/A Flu from U.S. Center for Disease Control, U.S. Department of State (Travel), and World Health Organization (WHO)

China – H1N1/A Quarantine Measures. The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the quarantine measures imposed by the Government of China that may affect travel to China.

Deadline Extended: Oct 15 is the extended and final deadline for U.S. taxpayers to file Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report U.S. Taxpayers who reported and paid tax on all their 2008 taxable income but only recently learned of their FBAR (Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report) filing obligation and have insufficient time to gather the necessary information to complete the FBAR, should file the delinquent FBAR report according to the instructions and attach a statement explaining why the report is filed late.

AmCham Scholarship Program 2009 In partnership with Vietnam National University, – Ho Chi Minh City, and the Foreign Trade University in HCM City, AmCham will grant scholarships to top students after a three-step selection process. In addition to the scholarship, the process introduces students to AmCham member firms and prepares them for the world of work after university.

Ketsana headed for Danang Typhoon KETSANA, a Category 1 storm as of 7am Sep 28 VN time (maximum sustained winds of 154-177 kmg) is projected to approach Danang in 24 hours (dot in the circle is the forecast position at 7am Sep 29 VN time). Forecast storm tracks can and do change. Click the image for more info.

Events, Meetings, and Activities

Mo, Sep 28 Project 30: Land, Construction, Mining Working Group Unique opportunity to review select Administrative Procedures in the fields of land, construction, and mining, that have been identified as overly burdensome, illegal, or unnecessary, and to voice opinions on appropriate reform.

Tu, Sep 29 Members Lunch: Current HR Trends and Labor Law Aspects of the Economic Crisis Join AmCham members and guests to first learn about HR immediate trends in the market, and then discuss regulations of Vietnam labor law which can be used to possibly help make the recovery from the crisis easier for companies and help sustain them in a changing and challenging business landscape.

Tu, Sep 29 AmCham Young Professionals Palooza Party Come and meet others in Ho Chi Minh City with free food and drink specials. The monthly Young Professionals Palooza Party is a platform to develop networking opportunities, information exchange, and new friendships.

Tu, Sep 29 Project 30: Telecoms & Intellectual Property Working Group Unique opportunity to review select Administrative Procedures in the fields of telecoms and IP, that have been identified as overly burdensome, illegal, or unnecessary, and to voice opinions on appropriate reform.

We, Sep 30 Morning Seminar: Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties Risks What are the prospects that exports from Vietnam to the United States will be subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties, after Chinese-made tires imported into the U.S. are now subject to 35% import duties? and how will that affect your business?

Sep Caravelle Takes Lobster Lovers to Paradise via Nha Trang Summer wouldn’t be summer without the taste of freshly caught and prepared lobster from the Bay of Nha Trang. And the Caravelle wouldn’t be the greatest hotel in Saigon without its Nha Trang lobster buffet dinners at Nineteen Restaurant, Mon-Thu. Nha Trang lobster cooked to order, steamed, broiled, or baked. You may think you’re back on the Bay of Nha Trang, but you’re at Nineteen, the best buffet in town.

Sheraton Saigon presents new international band – LIQUID Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers is proud to bring to its Night Spot, Level 23 an international seven-piece band, LIQUID, for a four-month engagement, beginning 27 Sep 2009. “Liquid” has been assembled by Georges Elchakieh, CEO of El-Live Productions Limited, who is very well-known with the Vietnamese audience most recently as the main vocalist of Scarlip.

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.

“Navigos Group’s Vietnam Salary Survey 2009” – Report is available NOW for sale if you need timely information concerning key trends in hiring practices, salary expectations, bonuses, turnover rates and other HR related issues. The most up-to-date information available in the market. Updated annually since 2005, it gives a unique, thorough analysis of salaries across a variety of industries, company sizes and locations.

Park Hyatt Launches Square One Terrace Located on the mezzanine floor overlooking the elegant Opera House, Square One Terrace offers an outdoor venue for special events or celebrations that can accommodate up to 100 persons. To celebrate the launch of Square One Terrace, Park Hyatt Saigon offers a variety of “Grazing” menus such as Caviar and Foie Gras; Southern Vietnamese; Skewers and Ocean Feast, with Beverage Packages.

The Wood Factory’s Upgraded Website Furnish your home with European and U.S.-style furniture. Materials from Europe and the U.S., with modern and exclusive designs. … and at factory price! Click the link for details.

Vietnam 2009 Total Remuneration Survey Report by Mercer and TalentNet Corporation With 209 participants from either foreign or joint venture companies providing more than 49,600 incumbent data of salary, allowances, bonuses, benefits, …, this survey is seen as the most comprehensive and reliable survey in Vietnam market.

Fr, Oct 09 Members Lunch: How to Maximize Your Brand Strategy Join our Monthly luncheon where Nielsen Vietnam will analyze and compare HCMC and Hanoi consumers and deliver valuable insights on how to impact comsumers’ purchasing behavior, and how to implement effective marketing strategies that will deliver increased sales and improve profitability across both major cities.

Mo-We, Oct 26-28 Jaccar Investors Conferences in HCM City and Hanoi During two days in HCM City, Oct 26-27 and one day in Hanoi, Oct 28, you are invited to participate in round tables on the economic situation in Vietnam and meet listed company representatives and investors. Jaccar will release 14 economic sector studies of Vietnam and the company’s financial analysts will make 40 company financial reports available. Individual meetings between analysts and investors, as well as investors and listed/unlisted firms’ CEOs and CFOs will also be arranged. Click the links for more information and to register online. Participation is by invitation and is free of charge for qualified business representatives.

Tu, Oct 27 New Deepwater Ports in the Southern Key Economic Region (date to be confirmed)

Th, Nov 12 Members Lunch: Is the Vietnamese consumer’s glass half-full or half-empty?

Th-Sa, Nov 12-14 The APEC CEO Summit in Singapore

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

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 early 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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