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US Independence Day Celebration, HR Networking, Palooza Party
HCMC authorities urge the launch of a campaign called "Five Nations - One Destination" with Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam, aiming for a region with a uniform tourist visa or visa exemption to attract international visitors. The city has asked VNAT to submit a proposal to this effect to the Government. Tourism authorities of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar at international travel exhibitions held in HCMC have jointly promoted "Four Nations - One Destination." Now, they want to partner with Thailand for a joint marketing program for the five countries in the Lower Mekong Basin.
Indulge yourself with your family, friends or business partners at AmCham's USA Independence Day Celebration & Family Picnic, an American-style picnic event. 
Your children will love our outdoor fun games with many nice prizes, face painting, coloring artwork, bouncing castle. 
Your guests will enjoy the performance of live music band "Mark Boywer and Broken Rice".  
In addition, our partner hotels and restaurants will serve you scrumptious food including Hot Dogs, Sausages, Hamburgers, Beef Brisket, Beef Fajita, Chicken Fajita, KFC Chicken, Cajun Prawn Skewer, New Zealand Ice Cream and much more. To cool you down, a free flow of cold Budweiser beer, Signature Summer Cocktails, Wine, Coca-Cola soft drinks, Dasani water, and Lavazza Coffee are also offered.  
And ... you may be the lucky winner of our four economy class round trip tickets to the United States by United Airlines or Emirates.
Our souvenir gifts such as high-quality Shirt, Cap, Haagen Dazs Ice cream coupon,...will make your fun day last longer.  


ALL are included In your ticket to this event. Book your ticket NOW! 
AmCham HR Committee


Fr, Jun 21AmCham HR Committee Re-launch Event

Navigating in a changing landscape - Labor and PIT law perspective 

On 1 May 2013 the New Labour Code took effect, completing a long process of consultations which involved numerous seminars, meetings, conferences and public hearings. Close to ten Decrees have been issued in recent weeks to implement the new Labor Code. 

We, Jun 26AmCham World Blood Donor Day 


In Vietnam, since the Government's approval of the national program for encouraging voluntary blood donation in 2000, blood donation has been steadily increasing. However, the current blood donation level only meets 45% of demand. For example, in the week after Tet this year, only 70 out of 970 hospitals in Vietnam can receive blood for treatments. 


We, Jun 26,  AmCham Palooza Party 


At Purple Jade Bar, InterContinental Asiana Saigon

AmCham continues its series of monthly informal networking events at the coolest and latest nightspots in HCMC. Free admission for members. VND 100,000/non-member, includes free canapes; special prices for drinks, charged upon consumption to individual guests by the Bar  

Committee Activities
When:     Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 - 5pm - 6pm
Where:    Baker & McKenzie Offices

When:     Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 - 8:45am - 10:15am
Where:    Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon
When:     Monday, Jun 17, 2013 - 8:00am - 9:30am 
Where:    New World Hotel
Events, Meetings & Special Offers


KMS Technology, a provider of offshore development services, kindly announced that Mr. Vu Nguyen, KMS Director of Software Engineering, delivered a talk of "qEstimation: A Process for Estimating Size and Effort of Software Testing" at International Conference on Software and System Process (ICSSP 2013) held in San Francisco, California, USA on May 18 & 19, 2013. The conference attracted over 60 researchers as well as IT professionals in the area of software and system process. 


Vietnam's food and beverage industry is poised for global growth. Vietnamese products are reaching many countries.  In order to maintain a competitive edge, these companies must meet higher standards of some of the biggest countries, and make sure delivery times and schedules are coordinated.

Our purpose is to serve our clients and support them to apply information technology management (IT). DiCentral and Microsoft invite you to attend our event "Automate Your Process to Stay Ahead of the Competition", followed by a networking buffet reception. Attendees will include some of the major F&B companies in Vietnam. Please come, network, and experience as we share their best-practices. 


Korean Air offers one of the largest global networks in the industry, connecting 125 cities in over 45 countries. Fly to your favorite destinations with us any day because we understand that the world is your stage. 


Vietnam, June 2013 - Angsana Lăng Cô, located within Laguna Lăng Cô - Vietnam's first world-class integrated resort, has launched an attractive offer for local residents to experience an activity-filled getaway amidst peaceful seclusion in the heart of Central Vietnam. Vietnamese citizens and resident expatriates can now enjoy a rate of VND 2.520.000 nett per night for a Deluxe room in the most stylish resort to open in Vietnam this year. 


The finest of classical French cuisine is represented in the masterpieces of legendary chef Auguste Escoffier.

Escoffier's enduring recipes are the highlight of 'Emperor of Chefs', a weeklong culinary showcase.

Genius in dishes such as Tournedos Rossini, Omelette Arnold Bennet and Cherries Jubilee.

Four-course "Auguste Escoffier Degustation Menu" VND 1,380,000 per person 


Corporate Training Solutions Vietnam will be delivering  Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats programme on 19 June 2013 in HCMC. This powerful systematic method of thinking allows individuals and teams to separate thinking into six distinct categories in order to focus or direct the thinking or discussion in directions where it is most needed. Over 4 million business people have been trained in this proven and practical method of thinking. For more information, call 08-3925-4240 Email [email protected] 


On 23 June 2013, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. join us for the region's most glamorous wedding exhibition. In one day, you will have the chance to visit three distinctive areas including Wedding Planning, The Big Day, and Post Wedding Lifestyle, gathering information and inspiration for your own distinctively memorable wedding events and future home. View stunning bridal gowns, meet with invitation, event and floral designers, check out photographers and entertainment, taste deletable menu options, and plan ahead for your honeymoon, household and beyond. Entry is complimentary.


Two months after announcing its launch in Ho Chi Minh City, US-based job portal CareerBuilder Vietnam opened its 2nd office in Hanoi - an extraordinary move marking its deliberate expansion to the two economic hubs of Vietnam. In celebration of the successful openings, CareerBuilder Vietnam has launched a special offer for its clients who are job creators in leading companies nationwide. 


AmCham HCMC offers many opportunities to market your company's products and services to AmCahm members, the business community and the general public. Our services include: 

- Event Sponsorship

- Event Management Support 

- Networking Online (Advertising) on AmCham website

- Announcement in Weekly Update Email

- Print advertising in AmCham Membership Directory 

- Print advertising in AmCham Membership Discount Handbook

- Advertising on AmCham Discount Online 

News and Issues Updates
MOLISA Minister Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, at the TV program "Dan hoi, bo truong tra loi" (people ask, ministers answer) also said that if the minimum wage is adjusted right now, many businesses would go bankrupt and workers would become unemployed. Therefore, any decision on the minimum wage adjustment will only be made after a thorough consideration. The defining of the minimum wage would be undertaken by the National Wage Council which is expected to become operational in July. The agency would draw up the wage increase roadmap which can both ensure the enforcement of the law and the health of businesses. The minimum wage increase plan would be then submitted to the government.
Under the revised draft on Corporate Income Tax (CIT), a common rate will be 22 per cent instead of current 25 per cent and will begin to take effect on January 1, 2014, and 20 per cent after January 1, 2016 while preferential taxes will be reduced from 20 per cent to 17 per cent. Deputies lined up for a more aggressive tax reduction road map that proposes applying a common rate of 20 per cent beginning July 1, 2014, saying it would boost domestic enterprises, make it easier for them to pay taxes and keep pace with the regional trend.
A deal among the U.S., China, the EU and nearly two dozen other countries to eliminate duties on billions of dollars of technology products could be reached in the next two months. The countries are negotiating an expansion of the WTO's Information Technology Agreement, a 16-year-old pact that eliminated duties on a long list of technology products including personal computers, laptops, telephones, fax machines, computer software, semi-conductors and many office machines. The agreement's original membership has grown to 75 over the years, including the 27 nations of the European Union. That is less than half of the WTO's 159 members, but still encompasses about 97 percent of global trade in the products. 
18th Round to be held in Malaysia July 15th - 25th.In their work during this 10-day round, the negotiating groups covering services, government procurement, sanitary and phytosanitary standards, trade remedies, labor, and dispute settlement moved their work forward significantly. The TPP countries also successfully advanced work on the other legal texts, including technical barriers to trade, e-commerce, rules of origin, investment, financial services, intellectual property, transparency, competition, environment and other issues. On the more challenging issues of intellectual property, competition, and environment, negotiators had productive discussions and agreed on next steps to continue their work.  
Foreign companies prohibited from buying coffee directly from farmers
From June 7, foreign invested enterprises would lose the right to collect coffee directly from farmers. It's clear that by laying down the policy, the state aims to protect domestic companies. However, the policy may harm farmers. Circular No. 08 which has been issued by the ministry stipulates that the FIEs licensed to export products can only buy materials from Vietnamese businessmen, who have business certificates or the right to import products and distribute goods, for export, while they cannot develop the collection networks of their own.
IBM and Vietnam Mobile Telecom Services Company (VMS), one of Vietnam's leading telecom companies, announced a collaboration to build an advanced, end-to-end mobile computing platform. The agreement will allow VMS to expand into new markets, while enhancing its enterprise application development capabilities and improving workforce productivity. This collaboration with IBM, a part of VMS' five-year Information Technology (IT) strategy, will be led by its subsidiary, Vietnam Mobile Telecom Services Center II (VMSII), which is the top revenue contributor for VMS.
The National Steering Committee for Tourism will present to the Government draft policies meant to make it easier for international tourists to come to Vietnam, including the loosened visa policy proposal. An official of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration told the Daily that the visa-free policy should be maintained for the seven major markets, including Japan, South Korea, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Besides, the visa-free stay for tourists should be 30 days instead of 15 days like now.

Shipping containers have transformed global trade. In fact, the container has been more of a driver of globalisation than all trade agreements in the past 50 years taken together. The first container ship in 1956, reduced loading costs to $0.16/ton to compared with $5.83/ton for loose cargo on a standard ship. Containerization quickly spread: between 1966 and 1983 the share of countries with container ports rose from about 1% to nearly 90%, coinciding with a take-off in global trade (see chart).
The AmCham Member Discounts Program is provided as a Membership Benefit. It serves as a mutually beneficial opportunity for both AmCham Members and AmCham Discount Partners. Members must present their AmCham Membership Card to receive special, privileged discounts offered by AmCham Discount Partners. A listing of discount offers is available in the annual Membership Discount Handbook (hardcopy) and on the AmCham website
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