04:11 (GMT +7) - Wednesday 18/07/2018

EDITOR LETTER

   Vietnam has been one of the fastest growing countries in Southeast Asia over recent years and GDP grew 7.08 per cent in the first half, higher than the 6.0-6.5 per cent forecast for 2016-2020. The General Statistics Office, meanwhile, reported that the country had attracted 1,366 new FDI projects, while 507 added to existing capital, for a total of $ 20.3 billion in the first half. South Korea was the leading foreign investor from January to June, followed by Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

   The real estate sector was second among sectors attracting FDI, following processing and manufacturing, attracting $5.54 billion in the first half and accounting for 27.25 per cent of total investment into the country.

   Real estate in Vietnam is very attractive to foreign investors not only in terms of profitability but also because of the incentives on offer, the country’s economic growth, and policies for foreigners owning houses. 

   According to Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Services, investment in real estate is focused on the southern market. Since 2017, however, foreign investors have been focusing their attention on Hanoi’s property market, with one example being the Sumitomo Group’s deal on the northern side of the Red River.

   Mr. Stephen Wyatt, Country Head in Vietnam of JLL, said that Vietnam continues to attract significant interest from foreign investors in all sectors of the property market but the greatest challenge lies in finding good quality opportunities. The JLL Capital Markets team sees five to ten foreign investors each week. 

   VET’s Cover Story this month reports on how leading foreign investors in real estate see their opportunities in Vietnam and the challenges posed by existing regulations and the complex legal framework. Investors and local authorities don’t believe a bubble is of any danger but agree it is forming. 

   Regardless, we expect to see another bumper year for foreign investment in Vietnam’s property market this year and next year.

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Professor Dao Nguyen Cat, Editor-in-chief

Mr Nguyen Quoc Uy, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Head of Department of International Publications

Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Ms. Ta Thu Trang, Managing Editor

Mr. John Harding, English language Editor

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