Weekly Update Sep 29: Consumer Trends, Idaho Gov’s Trade Mission, VN-US Investment Treaty

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Weather in Vietnam and Western Pacific: satellite photos, typhoon forecasts, etc. We are in the “West Pacific Typhoon Season.” Click the link for an update. Tropical storm/depression 20 (Mekkhala) forecast to land in northern Vietnam on Sep 29.

Upcoming Events and Activities (next few weeks)

Plan ahead. Click here to see all upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

U.S. Citizens: Register to Vote at the Official U.S. Govt Web Site for Overseas Voters: Online Voter Registration and Ballot Delivery. New system simplifies and accelerates voter registration and request for absentee ballot. As of Tue, Sep 09, there are 56 days (8 weeks) remaining until the U.S. Election Day on Nov 4.

Tu, Oct 7, 2008 U.S. Higher Education Fair, organized by Institute of International Education High school and university students, and their parents, meet with U.S. accredited colleges and universities to learn more about opportunities to study in the United States of America.

Sa, Oct 11, Application Deadline for AmCham Scholarship 2008 In partnership with Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), AmCham will grant scholarships to top students of VNU-HCM. Selection process is managed by the HR Committee, helped by the AmCham Scholars Alumni Association.

Mo, Oct 13, Columbus Day (U.S. Holiday) is celebrated on the second Monday in October. It recognizes the European discovery of America when Christopher Columbus landed on October 12, 1492. U.S. Government offices closed.

We, Oct 15, Members Lunch: Consumer Spending Trends in Vietnam Since 1998, TNS Vietnam has been tracking the lifestyle trends of Vietnam. The 2008 TNS VietCycle – Vietnam’s Lifestyle Monitor – will cover the latest hot topics in Vietnam such as consumer reaction towards inflation and its impact on shopping and spending, and how Vietnam’s recent economic turmoil has influenced consumers’ outlook and behavior.

Th, Oct 16, Members Lunch: Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter and Trade Mission Join other AmCham members and HCM City leaders for networking lunch to meet Gov Otter and the trade mission executives. Idaho is ranked #1 in Economic Vitality (Brookings Institution), #2 in Best Places for Business and Careers (Forbes), #2 in Growth in New Companies (CEO). Click to link for info on the companies and executives on the mission.

We-Th, Oct 15-16, Problem Solving & Decision Making (Apollo Professional Development). Do you have the skills you need to deal with difficult situations quickly and efficiently? Find out how to develop techniques to help you be sharper in dealing with problems in the workplace. Click the link for more information and to register.

Fr, Oct 17, Morning Roundtable: Vietnam-US Bilateral Investment Treaty Murray Hiebert, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Director for ASEAN, will meet with AmCham companies to discuss the Vietnam-U.S. Bilateral Investment Treaty, of special interest to U.S. firms in financial services, distribution, natural resources, visual products, and real estate. Please click the link for more information and to register online.

Fr, Oct 24, AmCham Palooza Party Come to meet others in HCM City with free food and drink specials.

We, Nov 19: Members Lunch: VN-US Educational Exchange and Vietnam’s Economic Development Dr. Mark A. Ashwill, country director of the Institute of International Education-Vietnam, will discuss recent trends as Vietnam ascends to the top 10 countries sending students to the U.S., and what this means for Vietnam’s development, including the job market. He will also talk about ways in which companies can raise their profile through corporate sponsorship and in-country scholarship programs.

Sa, Dec 6: AmCham Governors Ball: SAVE THE DATE 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.

All upcoming events …

News and Issues Updates

ADB US$ 1.1 billion loan for GMS transport corridor from Noi Bai to Lao Cai The 244-kilometre highway starting from Noi Bai and ending at Lao Cai is an integral section of the eastern link of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Northern Economic Corridor. The corridor connects Kunming City in Yunnan Province of the People’s Republic of China with Ha Noi, and Hai Phong and Cai Lan ports in Viet Nam.

Call for Vedan executives to remain in Vietnam Authorities have called for seven key executives from monosodium glutamate (MSG) maker Vedan Vietnam, allegedly polluting the Thi Vai river, to be prevented from leaving the country, although three may have left already, local newswires have reported.

Asian Development Bank sidelines watchdog department The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has “seriously compromised” the independence of its watchdog department and the bank must act to restore its own credibility, according to a report commissioned by the multilateral lender, Reuters reported.

Staying One Step Ahead of the Crowd: Vietnam and Laos as Travel Destinations Vietnam has been popular with frequent independent travelers for its cheap eats, low-priced lodging and shops that count on travelers to bargain for souvenirs. But that isn’t stopping luxury hotels from trying to turn Vietnam into a posh getaway. After all, the country offers beautiful beaches, exotic cuisine and a burgeoning art scene.

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

Event Presentations, Downloads, and PHOTO ALBUMS

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.

AmCham Labor Day Weekend Palooza Party, 59 photos.

Members Breakfast with Congressional Delegation, 60 photos.

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.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 100,000 visitors and 250,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

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