EuroCham hosts seminars on global trends' impact on local labor

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The European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam on June 21 and 22, will host a pair of business luncheons that address the impact of global labor trends on the local labor market in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

A new Labor Code is likely to be introduced in 2012 as the Vietnamese labor market is exploding at twice the rate of the total population. There are many proposed changes relating to foreign employees, labor contracts, and employee rights.

Vietnam has been attracting foreign investors with cheap and youthful labor, but many challenges remain to attracting investment.

At these business luncheons, guest speakers will discuss the challenges, which include the large number of young students who enter the workforce instead of continuing education, the large number of workers in non-salaried jobs, and challenges in retaining a skilled workforce.

Two experts and guest speakers will help navigate some of these challenges for local business operators and HR professionals.

Guest speaker Ian Grundy, founder of Citrus Public Relations, has over 20 years of experience in international corporate communications. He is an expert in international media relations, event and crisis management, and has held senior positions in Singapore, New York and Zurich.

Also presenting will be Nicola Connolly, Managing Director of ADECCO Vietnam, and Chairwoman of the HR Committee for the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam.

Connolly is an experienced HR executive who has lived in Vietnam for seven years. She helped establish the first 100 percent foreign invested company to perform employment services in Vietnam.

The Caravelle Hotel Saigon will host this luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on June 21. (19 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1), the Hilton Hotel Hanoi will host the speakers in Hanoi at 11:45 a.m. on June 22 (1 Le Thanh Tong Street): Tickets cost VND650,000 for members and VND950,000 for non-members. To register, please contact Thuy at events-hcmc@eurochamvn.org (in HCMC) or Hien at hien@eurochamvn.org (in Hanoi).

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