FDI flow bounces back

By VNA   April 24, 2023 | 09:09 pm PT
FDI flow bounces back
An industrial park in Binh Duong Province. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
So far this year, foreign direct investment (FDI) channeled into Vietnam neared US$8.9 billion, with new capital surging after a slight decrease in the first three months.

According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency (FIA), there were 750 new projects granted investment licences worth over $4.1 billion, up 65.2% and 11.1% annually, respectively.

A total of 386 projects had their capital added for a total of $1.66 billion, a 19.5% increase in quantity and reduction of 68.6% in value against the same period last year. The growth, despite the associated decrease, reflected investors’ confidence in Vietnam’s business climate and decisions to expand their existing projects.

Also in the four months, foreign investors did 1,044 transactions of capital contribution and share purchases, with their contributed capital exceeding $3.1 billion, up 70.4% year-on-year. They invested in 18 economic sectors, mostly in processing and manufacturing with over $5.1 billion or 57.8% of their total investment.

The number of countries and territories investing in Vietnam in the period amounted to 77. Singapore took the lead by pouring close to $2.2 billion in the market, followed by Japan with nearly $2 billion and China with $752 million.

Hanoi was the top FDI investment destination with more than $1.1 billion. Bac Giang came second, followed by Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, and Dong Nai.

The FIA said although exports of the FDI sector decreased, it still offset the trade deficit of nearly $8.3 billion of the domestic business sector and helped the country gain a trade surplus of about $5.2 billion in the first months of the year.

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