Despite an increase in additionally registered foreign capital by 50 percent on the year, newly-registered foreign direct investment (FDI) pulled down the total in the first eight months of the year.
Source: Vietnam Investment Review
According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment's Foreign Investment Agency, Vietnam counted total FDI inflows of about $16.8 billion in the first eight months of the year, equivalent to 87.7 percent of the previous year's total.
Of this, $6.35 billion were poured into 1,135 newly-licensed projects, equivalent to the number of projects last year, and a sharp reduction of 43.9 percent in value.
Another $7.5 billion were added to 676 projects currently underway, a rise of 50.7 percent in value and 5.8 percent in quantity. Overseas investors also poured almost $2.9 billion into just over 2,425 share purchase deals, an increase of 3.6 percent over the same period last year.
Another $7.5 billion were added to 676 projects currently underway, a rise of 50.7 percent in value and 5.8 percent in quantity.
FDI disbursement climbed slightly by 10.5 percent on the year, to around $12.8 billion.
Among the 18 sectors receiving funds in the first seven months, processing and manufacturing took the lead with more than $10.7 billion, accounting for 63.9 percent of total FDI, followed by real estate ($3.3 billion), science-technology, professional activities ($620.8 million), and ICT ($519 million).
Singapore led the 94 countries and territories investing in Vietnam in the first eight months with a total investment capital of around $4.53 billion, followed by South Korea ($3.5 billion) and Japan ($1.49 billion).
Ho Chi Minh City attracted the highest amount of FDI in these eight months with over $2.7 billion, followed by Binh Duong with $2.64 billion, and Bac Ninh with $1.75 billion.
The export turnover of foreign-invested enterprises (FIE) continued increasing by 17 percent on year to about $184.66 billion (including crude oil) or $183 billion (excluding crude oil), making up about 73.6 percent of the country's total export value.
Their import turnover was estimated at around $161.26 billion, up 14.2 percent and accounting for 65 percent of the total.
The trade surplus of FIEs was $23.4 billion (including crude oil) or $21.7 billion (excluding crude oil) in the first eight months, while local businesses reported a trade deficit of $21.8 billion.
Almost 35,539 valid foreign-invested projects were accumulated across the country with a total registered capital of more than $430 billion. Their disbursement was about $264.4 billion, equivalent to 61.5 percent of the valid registered capital.