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Dr. Le Dang Doanh, AmCham Fall Weekend, Supplier Day Survey
Join other AmCham members and guests in a networking weekend, with Ambassador's Roundtable discussion of key issues in Vietnam-U.S. trade and investment and outlook for 2014. Three days/two nights including all of the following: room at special rates for our group (single or double occupancy, including 5% s.c. and 10% tax), buffet breakfasts at the Angsana Lang Co Market Place Restaurant; Fri Welcome Cocktail Reception; Sat Afternoon Roundtable with Ambassador, Consul General, and U.S. Mission Key Officers, followed by Evening Cocktails and Gala Dinner with scrumptious cuisine and fine wines, not to mention the breath-taking sunset over the bay.
Complimentary seminar with Networking Breakfast at the PNC Bank Building (Philadelphia) and the Town Point Club (Norfolk). Learn about opportunities in Vietnam in general and Binh Duong Province and the Southern Key Economic Region in particular. 

Stabilization policies since February 2011 have slowed the roller coaster ride of credit growth, inflation, and the economy. Many AmCham companies seem to be doing well, but there still seems to be a malaise in the Vietnamese economy, and the Vietnamese domestic economy seems to be under stress.

Fri, Sep 13
An employee engagement workshop for executives 

You are the visible face of the organization. You set strategic goals, shape the organizational culture, and drive implementation to achieve your vision. And you are the chief architect of employee engagement. 


Wed, Sep 18
How the New Labor Code which comes into force on 1 May 2013 effects the business immigration practice in Vietnam? Is your company ready for a sudden interdisciplinary audit from the authorities? Do you have a policy and process in place to identify and assess the business immigration needs of your international assignees, locally-hired foreign employees or business travellers who coming to Vietnam? 
Committee Activities

When:      Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Where:     Baker & McKenzie Offices
When:      Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon  
When:      Monday, Sep 16, 2013 - 8:00am - 9:30am
Where:     New World Hotel Saigon

This short 3-minute survey will gather AmCham companies' opinions regarding their supply chain experience in Vietnam and maximize planning for the AmCham Supplier Day, an event for companies to meet prospective and current suppliers, dialogue and discuss challenges, and forge closer relationships with partners to help enhance competitiveness of all involved. 
Events, Meetings & Special Offers


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.  


The upscale brand of Accor is located in District 1, near Ben Thanh market. Pullman features 306 spacious combining design, comfort and connectivity. The 5-star hotel serves innovative cuisine at its all day dining restaurant & rooftop restaurant offering stunning city views; meeting venue able to host up to 600 guests.


New World Saigon Hotel has partnered once again with Tourism Malaysia Ho Chi Minh City to bring a taste of Malaysia and cultural experience to the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. A renowned Malaysian Chef will be in residence at New World Saigon Hotel from 11 to 22 September 2013.

Experience traditional dance performances live at Parkview daily at lunch and dinner by dance troupe Wandie Art Productions, showcased by Tourism Malaysia Ho Chi Minh City.


Sunday is the perfect day for family indulgences and InterContinental Asiana Saigon is the ideal setting for getting the most from your Sunday.
1.298.000 VND++/person including free flow of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, cocktails, house-wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, every Sunday 


This annual event, hosted by Capstone Vietnam, is a great opportunity for students and parents to obtain information from representatives of regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities about undergraduate, graduate/professional programs and ESL programs. The fairs will take place in HCMC (9/15), Danang (9/17) and Hanoi (9/18). 

Click here for details. 


KCS is one of Asia's leading providers of corporate services. With headquarters in Hong Kong, 14 offices in 8 countries, and over 450 professionals across Asia, we continue to expand our business to other locations to ensure our existing and prospecting clients have access to our quality services wherever they are.


AmCham HCMC offers many opportunities to market your company's products and services to AmCham 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
Localization rate in Vietnam under 30%
Japan as the single biggest foreign investor in Vietnam says the local contents at Japanese-invested manufacturers here is smaller than 30%, which is the lowest in the ASEAN region.. Local input materials and components for Japanese enterprises in Vietnam is only 27.8%, far lower than that in Indonesia (43%), Thailand (53%) and China (61%).
Vietnam Labor Union Calls For Minimum-Wage Hike In 2014
The Vietnam General Federation of Labor (VGCL) wants the minimum wage hiked by a third next year to 4,133 million vnd/month in Region 1. The minimum wage is now 2.35 million vnd/month, in Region 1. The VGCL expects that to increase next year to VND4.113 million, and has put two alternative proposals to the National Wage Council - hike the minimum wage by either 24-36 percent or by 21-32 percent.
As Western companies overwhelmingly turn to low-wage countries far away from corporate headquarters to produce cheap apparel, electronics and other goods, factory inspections have become a vital link in the supply chain of overseas production. An extensive examination by The New York Times reveals how the inspection system intended to protect workers and ensure manufacturing quality is riddled with flaws. 
AmCham will award scholarships to 45 top students from a number of leading universities in Ho Chi Minh City after an extensive, three-month long, September - November assessment process.
Sat, 21 Sep    Application Deadline of Group 1
Sat, 28 Sep    Application Deadline of Group 2
Sat, 12 Oct     English Test
Sat, 26 Oct     Abilities Test (SHL Test)
Sat, 09 Nov    ProfileXT Assessment
Sat, 23 Nov    AmCham Scholarship Interview Day
Sat, 30 Nov    AmCham Scholarship Award Ceremony

Determining national characteristics is treading a minefield of inaccurate assessment and surprising exception; however, there is such a thing as a national norm. By focusing on the cultural roots of national behavior, both in society and business, we can foresee and calculate with a surprising degree of accuracy how others will react to our plans for them, and we can make certain assumptions as to how they will approach us. 
A new, more diverse, globally competitive industry. "Still Standing" is a fascinating look at a few NC souls who decided not to buy into the idea that their businesses had no future. From Weaverville to Lumberton, a handful of NC's entrepreneurs kept their companies going through the worst industry downturn the state had ever seen. Key role of the NC State University College of Textiles, the world's leading textile college, providing global education, training, and research, all about textiles, from molecule to market. 
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
New World Hotel Saigon #323
76 Le Lai Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City