Vietnam attracts 5.8 billion USD in FDI in first quarter
The flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Vietnam in the first quarter of 2018 experiences a significant yearly decline of 25 percent. (Photo: VNA)
The flow of foreign direct investment
(FDI) into Vietnam in the first quarter of 2018 witnessed a significant yearly
decline of 25 percent to 5.8 billion USD, but disbursement rose by 7.2 percent
year-on-year to 3.88 billion USD.
The Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) under the Ministry of Planning
and Investment (MoPI) reported that processing and manufacturing remained the
most attractive sector to foreign investors, receiving commitments of 3.44
billion and accounting for 59.4 percent of the total commitments.
The retail and wholesale sectors received the second largest chunk
of FDI with 531 million USD or 9.2 percent, followed by the real estate sector
with 486 million USD or 8.4 percent.
The Republic of Korea (RoK) has remained the biggest foreign
investor among 76 countries and territories investing in Vietnam in the first
quarter of 2018, with a total registered capital of 1.84 billion USD,
accounting for 31.6 percent of the total capital.
Of the RoK investment, 501 million USD was invested by LG Innotek
Co in a project in the northern port city of Hai Phong.
Businesses from Hong Kong registered to pour 689 million into
Vietnam, making up 11.9 percent of the country’s total FDI, while those from
Singapore injected 649 million USD, equivalent to 11.2 percent of the total
The southern largest economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City continued to
be the largest recipient of FDI during the period with 1.7 billion USD, while
the northern port city of Hai Phong received 925 million USD to take the second
The third largest recipient of FDI was the southern province of
Binh Duong with investment worth 565 million USD.
To fully capitalise on the FDI capital source in the new stage,
the MoPI is drafting a FDI strategy for 2018-2023.
With assistance from the World Bank, the FDI strategy underlines that Vietnam
at this stage should focus on sectors having advantages and those that foreign
firms could bring more benefits to rather than domestic firms.
The draft strategy stipulates Vietnam to set out priority sectors
for attracting FDI, such as those that need increased value and
competitiveness, including manufacturing, services, agriculture and travel.-VNA