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Infrastructure & Real Estate Development Conference

Taking a closer look at the current and future infrastructure and real estate projects in Vietnam: the partnership between government and international organisations in financing these projects, and China’s efforts to integrate into them as part of Belt and Road Initiatives.

Challenges and opportunities in Vietnamese infrastructure and real estate

Wed 27 Jun 2018
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Novotel Saigon Centre, 167 Hai Bà Trưng, phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Mi, Vietnam, 722413
6 hours CPD

Early bird discount until 30 April

US$225 Net of withholding tax


ASEAN continues to improve its connectivity of infrastructure construction plans and form a network as part of ongoing efforts in Belt and Road initiatives, despite the large unfunded infrastructure needs. Vietnam’s infrastructure construction industry continues to expand at pace over the forecast period (2017–2021) reflecting higher investments in infrastructure projects, especially critical transport, energy, telecommunication and water projects.

According to Timetric’s Infrastructure Intelligence Center (IIC):

  • The infrastructure construction market’s value is projected to reach US$572.2 billion by 2021, in nominal value terms.
  • GDP is growing at 6.81% in 2017 — construction contributed at 33.34% and Foreign Direct Investment reached US$35.6 billion in 2017.
  • The construction sector grew the fastest at 8% and continues to be the most attractive sector for investors in 2018.

Vietnam has also becoming the region’s hottest property market which contributed to its economic growth. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have seen real estate sector transactions reach a total volume of more than US$2 billion in the last two years. CBRE Real Capital Analytic studied that transaction value in residential projects increased from 6% in 2016 to 39% in 2017.

The conference will discuss the development of the metro line railway and residential projects in Vietnam. Topics covered include funding systems, investment opportunities, contractual challenges, and interface issues in infrastructure and real estate projects.

Simultaneous translation (Vietnamese/English) will be provided during the conference.


  • Discover the latest investment opportunities on infrastructure and real estate in Vietnam.
  • Gain valuable insights into the latest update on the HCMC metro lines development from the Management Authority of Urban Railway.
  • Hear directly from well-known local and foreign developers on their experiences in real-project development.
  • Learn and understand how investors can strategise and manage the risks in investing in Vietnam.
  • Get an overview of international standards and their application to ASEAN infrastructure and property projects.

Other information

  • Welcome

    • Conference chairperson’s welcome
    • RICS welcome address
    • Keynote address by Mr Vu Van Phan, Deputy Director General, Housing and Real Estate Market Management Agency, Ministry of Construction, Vietnam

    China and ASEAN integration: Benefits from Belt and Road initiatives

    • What strategies does China take to achieve the BRI’s objectives which links to ASEAN masterplan on connectivity?
    • Who are the integrated Chinese companies investing in ASEAN infrastructure development?
    • How does China coordinate the policy and political trust amongst the countries for the implementation of projects?
    • Case study of project constructed by chinese company in Vietnam

    Metro rail system development and financing

    • Current and future development of Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System projects
    • Investment opportunities available
    • How do the people respond to the metro rail system?
    • Case study on the Metro Line 1 project


    Dr Le Nguyen Minh Quang, General Director, Management Authority for Urban Railways

    Panel discussion: Investing in Vietnam infrastructure projects — what does it take?

    • The complexity in financing state-owned infrastructure projects
    • What are the barriers and risks in participating in the infrastructure development?
    • How do government, developer, and contractor manage the interface issues in a project?
    • How does the government regulate the private investment?
    • How do parties manage the contract administration and payment challenges?
    • What does the government do to get private investment in high-risk infrastructure projects, such as renewable, transport and agriculture?


    Mr Neil Harvey, General Director, Arup Vietnam Limited

    Panel discussion: Real estate development opportunities in Vietnam

    • How do the massive infrastructure projects affect the real estate development in Vietnam?
    • How is the competition between local and foreign developers in Vietnam real estate market?
    • What are the key issues of real estate financing in Vietnam?
    • What are the opportunities for real estate developers with the HCMC metro lines development?


    Mr Martin Ho, Vice General Director, VinGroup Corporation
    Mr Stephen Wyatt, Country Head, Jones Lang LaSalle Vietnam
    Mr David Blackhall, Managing Director, VinaCapital

    Rapid growth of residential projects

    • What is the current largest residential project by local/foreign developers in Vietnam?
    • How does the residential development attract foreign investors?
    • What is the legal framework for foreign investors?
    • Case study on the residential project

    Introducing RICS professional standards: ICMS and IPMS

    • What is RICS guidance note on the standards of infrastructure and real estate projects?
    • How does RICS provide guidance in the project management from procurement, delivery, project management, finance, and professional skills?
    • How does the international guide apply in the ASEAN region?
    • How does ICMS and IPMS apply in ASEAN infrastructure and real estate projects?


    Mr Stephen Williams, Head of Standards, Asia Pacific, RICS

    Panel discussion: Evolving technology towards digitally integrated communities

    • What is the current Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure project in Vietnam?
    • What roles does ICT infrastructure play in Vietnam?
    • How does ICT infrastructure change the property business in Vietnam?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of technology for property professionals?
    • How do policymakers and stakeholders deal with cybersecurity protection and coordination?
    • Lessons learnt from other ASEAN countries on the use of property technology

    Chair’s closing remarks

    RICS reserves the rights to revise the programme. Speakers are subjected to change.


  • Early bird discount RICS professional
    Ends 30 April US$225 Net of withholding tax
  • Non-RICS professional
    Ends 30 April US$270 Net of withholding tax
  • RICS professional US$250 Net of withholding tax
  • Non-RICS professional US$300 Net of withholding tax
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