activities

Our activities could be described in just one word: communication. Along with providing our members with information about business opportunities in Vietnam and assisting them communicate with the Vietnamese, UVCC also supports various trade-related, art and cultural activities that promote trade/invesment development between American and Vietnamese companies as well as cultural understandings between the two peoples.

Any trade/cultural organizations that are interested in posting their events/activities on UVCC website, please contact us.

December 14, 2006: A Seminar on Marketing in the US organized by the Trade Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Trade in cooperation with the US Vietnam Chamber of Commerce in HCM City.

December 10-16, 2006: US Trade Mission to Vietnam in conjunction with the Vietnam International Trade Expo in HCMC (pdf)

UVCC-Sponsored Seminars on Doing Business in Binh Duong Province: To continue our effort in promoting trade and investment between Vietnamese and American companies, UVCC has agreed to support two seminars on doing business in Binh Duong province, Vietnam. These seminars will be participated by a business delegation from Binh Duong Province that has been named as the most attractive locations for foreign investment in Vietnam according to the Province Competitive Index (PCI). report

These seminars will take place in San Jose, CA on Nov. 2nd and in Portland, OR on Nov. 6, 2006. UVCC Chairman, Mr. Christopher Runckel will be speaking at these seminars on various aspects of doing business in Vietnam in light of the WTO's Vietnam accession and the improving environment for U.S. Investment in Vietnam. Please contact UVCC for more information. report

October 12, 2006: "Seminar on Doing Business with Vietnam" organized by the San Diego World Trade Center and UVCC (pdf)

October 11, 2006: Business Networking in Southern California: A business networking meeting will be held in Orange County, CA on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 to provide information on: various import/export opportunities between US and Vietnam - US government Export Assistance Programs - opportunities for Amercian companies in light of Vietnam's accession to the World Trade Organization.

The meeting will be hosted by Mr. Christopher Runckel, Chairman of the US-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Runckel was the first US diplomat being assigned to Vietnam after the war. He is also the Principal of the Runckel & Associates, an international business consulting firm based in Portland, OR..

Guest speakers include: Mr. Martin Selander, Regional Manager of the US Export Assistance Center, Newport Beach, CA and Mr. Fred Golightly, President of Olivia & Will Children Furniture, Santa Ana, CA.

October 01-08, 2006: US Business Mission to Vietnam in conjuction with the International Furniture & Handicraft EXPO in HCM City, Vietnam (pdf)

September 18, 2006: UVCC Networking meeting in HCMC.

August 03, 2006: UVCC Monthly Networking in San Francisco (pdf)

June 29, 2006: A Networking Meeting was organized in Santa Ana, CA in cooperation with TransViet Imex Corporation. The meeting was participated by over 30 people representing a number of Banking, Financial, Freightforwarding, Import/Export, Media companies in the area. Participants were introduced with a number of magazines (Viet Spririt, Viet Mode, Viet in Focus and Trans Vietimex) published by Transviet Imex Corp. to promote Vietnamese Art, Culture and Business.

In addition, Mr. Joseph Tosto, Export Adminstration Specialist of the US Department Of Commerce also gave a presentation on Export Regulations and Financing.

Participants were also introduced with the US Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and its activities in assisting Small and Medium sized American companies to explore and identify business opportunities in Vietnam. The program of the first US- Vietnam Trade Fair in Vietnam in October was also presented to the participants. This special event is an important gathering to provide US companies not only with business exploration but also with Vietnamese arts and culture.

June 16, 2006: The first UVCC New York Chapter Networking Mixer was participated by 26 American and Vietnamese companies executives from KPMG, 3D Networks, RZB Finance LLC... NY Networking

A number of Vietnamese recently-graduated from the US universities who are looking for internship opportunities with American companies. They have just completed their degrees (BA & MBA) in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration... and are willing to relocate anywhere in the US to obtain (one year) hands on experience prior to their return to Vietnam. For more infomation, please contact Canh Tran at [email protected].

As a member of the US Vietnam WTO Coalition, UVCC is working closely with other trade organizations in the US to support Vietnam's WTO accession and PNTR with the US. On June 12, 2006, Mr. Clay Myers, UVCC Director, Washington DC Chapter, met with the Vietnam National Assembly Delegation and The Hon. Vu Xuan Hong, Chairman of the US Vietnam Causus in Washington DC.

June 10, 2006: Mr. Trung Trinh, UVCC Executive Director, met in Washington DC. with a delegation of the Rubber Industry in Vietnam headed by Mr. Le Van Binh, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam General Rubber Corporation. The delegation's objectives are to market Vietnamese natural rubber and to identify potential partners to manufacture rubber products in Vietnam.

May 22, 2006: UVCC cooperates with San Diego World Trade Center to assist San Diego companies in exploring business opportunities in Vietnam.

UVCC Executive Director introduced Ms. Elizabeth Foster, Vice Chair of the San Diego World Trade Center with Mr. Hoang Van Dung, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (left) and Ms. Vu Kim Hanh, Director of the Investment & Trade Promotion Center of HCM City (right).

Vietnam Investment Review: interview with Ms. Elizabeth Foster, Vice Chair of San Diego World Trade Center.

April 3, 2006: Networking between UVCC members and a business delegation from Dong Nai Province.

US-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce arranges a a US Trade Mission to Vietnam from April 2 - 12, 2006. The mission objective is to assist US companies to identify trade and investment opportunities in Vietnam. The trade mission will coincide with the 16th Annual International Vietnam EXPO in Ha Noi, giving the mission participants a great opportunity to meet with key potential Vietnamese buyers and vendors.

The Bay Area World Trade Center (BAWTC) has joined the US-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce to promote a US Trade Mission to Vietnam from April 2 - 12, 2006. The mission objective is to assist US and Bay Area companies to identify trade and investment opportunities in Vietnam.

March 17, 2006: Mr. Trung Trinh, UVCC Executive Director was invited to be one of the speakers at a Seminar on "Doing Business with Vietnam" in Dayton, OH. It was organized by the Miami Valley International Trade Association and the Wright State University.

Feb. 10th, 2006: UVCC Networking Mixer was attended by 25 old and new members (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose). Networking in the Bay Area

January 31, 2006: A Presentation on "Doing Business in Vietnam" for MBA students of Georgetown University with Mr. Trung Trinh, UVCC Executive Director.

January 16, 2006: UVCC Chairman Christopher W. Runckel meets with Vietnam's Ambassador to the U.S. H.E. Nguyen Tam Chien to discuss the Chamber's program in 2006. Cao Tran Quoc Hai, Counselor and Head of the Economic Section looks on. On January 12, 2006, Mr. Runckel was in Hanoi and met with U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Michael Marine to similarly discuss the Chamber's goals for 2006.


Seen in group picture, VN Economic Counselor Cao Tran Quoc Hai, Ms. Minh Kalas - UVCC member, H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Tam Chien, UVCC Chairman Christopher Runckel and Mrs. Soraya Runckel - UVCC member.

UVCC Chairman Christopher Runckel meets with Mr. Pham Gia Tuc, Secretary General of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in Vietnam to discuss collaboration with UVCC in various areas.