Japan Pouring Capital into Vietnam Real Estate Market

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Vietnam real estate market has seen a growing funds poured into the real estate market through signning partnership agreement with Vietnam partners or direct foreig own investment in setting up company in Vietnam.

Since 2011, Tokyu Corp of Japan has already had cooperation agreements with Becamex IDC Corp to invest USD 1.2 billion to develop the urban area project of 71ha in Binh Duong new city.  Other real estate business as Thanh Dong has also signed cooperation with many Japanese investors to mobilize capital for investment in a range of real estate projects. Accordingly, Thanh Dong is negotiating with a private equity fund in Osaka to cooperate investment in 3 major projects of this company in Hai Duong. Besides, Thanh Dong has also reached agreement with Handa Global (Yokohama) on contributing capital to build a 5 star hotel complex in Nha Trang – Dien Khanh urban area and a sea villa complex in the urban area of trade, tourism and financial services in Nha Trang city center. The total committed value between Thanh Dong and Handa Global reach 200 million USD.

Earlier, Japanese investors are willing to invest in golden lands at Le Duan – Hai Ba Trung (District 1 – HCMC) to construct a building for the Japanese investors which are growing fast in numbers in Vietnam. In addition, Sumitomo Corporation is exploring the investment projects in Thu Thiem commercial and financial center in the area of 20ha.

In the segment of industrial real estate, industrial park in Dong Nai was developed by Donafood Vietnam and three Japanese partners: Sojitz Corporation, Daiwa House Co., Ltd and Kobelco Eco-Solution. With the 88% joint-venture cooperation, the Japanese companies and local partners will invest USD 100 million in this segment.  In HCM City, Vietnam – Japan industrial zone with an investment of USD 31 million has just been inaugurated phase 1.

In particular, the Mekong River Delta (MRD) is a new target of Japanese businesses, not only in the field of real estate but also logistics and seaports. Japanese investors are looking forward to be introduced by Can Tho’s authority agencies the position that they can invest in an industrial zone exclusively for Japanese businesses to invest in tourism, trade and services. It is reported that the Saporo Japan Corporation is also exploring opportunities to cooperate and invest in a golf course and ecological urban area in Can Tho and cooperative investment in some other areas of the group’s strengths in some provinces in the MRD.

Commenting about this trend, Japanese investors said that Vietnam’s economy continues to have the prospects and potential for development, and Vietnam will become an important destination to attract more business delegations and Japan’s leading investors in the coming years.  The according to Mr. Toshihiko, the chairman of Creed Group said: “This is just the first step in cooperation, if the real estate market of Vietnam developed well, we will pump hundreds of millions of USD to not only An Gia Investment, but also into many other partners”. He further said, Vietnam’s economy is integrating deeper into the world economy. The Vietnam government is interested to complete the negotiations of TPP agreement, which will open huge opportunities for the economy; attracting major international investors. Besides, Vietnam has young population, mainly concentrated in urban areas however modest housing fund will be huge growth opportunity for the real estate sector. Meanwhile, the law on land of Vietnam is becoming more transparent and open to foreigners to buy houses, create purchasing power and investment opportunities for domestic and foreign enterprises.

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