At the groundbreaking ceremony (Source: baomoi.com)

Hanoi (VNA) – Construction of another AEON mall started in Hanoi’s Ha Dong district on March 11 in the presence of Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung.

The complex, covering nearly 98,000 square metres of land in Duong Noi ward, is scheduled to operate in 2019. It will have one basement and three floors, with a combined floor area of nearly 150,000 square metres, being able to accommodate 200 shops, including an AEON supermarket.

Addressing the ceremony, Akio Yoshida, Director of the AEONMall Company, highlighted the significance of the project to his company, pledging that his company will bring its expertise, experience, passion and dedication to contribute to the community’s development.

Ha Dong AEON Mall, with the vision of “Making the future for Ha Dong district”, is expected to become the biggest trade centre in the area, he said.

Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Kunio Umeda said that the project will contribute to not only improving the living standards for local resident but also promoting the cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.

Japan wants to cooperate with Vietnamese organisations and individuals, thus strengthening the Japan – Vietnam comprehensive partnership, he said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Doan Toan said the year 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam – Japan diplomatic ties, a milestone in the cooperation and friendship of the two nations.

Currently, Japan is the second biggest foreign investor in Hanoi, with 959 projects, worth around 5.38 billion USD; and the third biggest trade partner of the city with the two-way trade value reaching nearly 4 billion USD.

The building of Ha Dong AEON Mall proves the city’s sound policy on mobilising and facilitating foreign resources for trade infrastructure development.

The facility is expected to become an attractive shopping and recreational destination for Hanoi people, and contribute to boosting socio-economic development of the west area of Hanoi, Toan said.

Ha Dong AEON Mall is the second trade centre invested by the Japanese AEONMall Company in Hanoi, following the first one in Long Bien district. It is the fifth of its kind nationwide.-VNA