Welcome to our new website. Our team has been hard at work over the holidays in the last few weeks to launch our new “digital forward” presence.
As we enter 2013, we are also beginning our 11th year online. When our first website launched in 2002, the “online world” was a far different place, with only 3 million websites (over 500 million today), the average person spent 46 minutes online every day (today it’s 4 hours), it took 12 minutes to download a single song (today it takes about 18 seconds), and social networking barely existed (today, Facebook has over a billion users). And in the “real world” of 2002, trade and investment relations between Vietnam and the United States were just beginning to develop. Nearly seven years after the normalization of relations between our two countries in 1995, the Bilateral Trade Agreement went into effect in December 2001, and bilateral trade doubled from $1.5 billion in 2001 to $3 billion in 2002. And soared to about $25 billion in 2012, as we reported in our recent post on Vietnam – U.S. Trade Status and Outlook, 2012 – 2015.
We have contributed to this strong growth by working to serve as a hub of high-quality networking, information, and advocacy to promote the growth of trade and investment between Vietnam and the United States. Over the last decade, our website has provided information and served as a resource for millions. And we supplemented this online information sharing with live networking events and advocacy that helped improve the business environment.
Today, we are excited to unveil our updated website, with three basic goals:
- Provide members and visitors with the information they need, when they need it
- Present information to members and visitors in a readable format across all of their devices (desktop, laptop, mobile and tablets)
- Allow members and visitors to engage with AmCham Vietnam and each other, especially through social networks
This is still a work in progress and will continue to evolve over the coming months. As with anything new, there will be adjustments to make. Some things won’t be in the same place, but we’ll try to keep the same general structure as in the previous web site, or at least change slowly. And some links on some “legacy” content pages may be “broken” and not work, since it was a challenge to migrate more than 10,000 pages, images, download files, etc. from the previous web to the new one. But we will clean those up. And the power, speed, and efficiency of the new site should help us move rapidly up the “learning curve.” Please take some time to browse the new site and provide feedback.
Posted: Jan 7, 2013