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|A graphic shows Vietnam's FDI attraction in the first ten months of 2019. - Source VNA|
FDI disbursement also saw a year-on-year increase of 7.4 per cent to an estimated $16.21 billion during the period, the agency said.
From January to October, the country licensed 3,094 new projects with total registered capital of $12.83 billion, up 26 per cent in the number of projects but down 15 per cent in the level of capital.
The agency attributed the drop in new registered capital to the smaller scale of projects, with the biggest one this year worth $420 million in comparison to the same period last year that saw large-scale projects including a Japanese smart city, valued at $4.14 billion, and a South Korea-invested polypropylene manufacturing plant and liquefied petroleum gas warehouse, worth $1.2 billion.
Up to 1,145 existing projects were allowed to raise their capital by $5.47 billion in the first ten months of 2019, equivalent to 83.6 per cent of the value from a year ago.
According to the agency, foreign firms invested $10.81 billion in Vietnam during the period through capital contributions and share purchases, representing a year-on-year increase of 70.5 per cent and accounting for 37.1 per cent of the total registered capital.
Processing and manufacturing remained the most attractive sector to foreign investors, drawing $18.83 billion, making up 68.1 per cent of the total FDI pledges. Real estate came next with $2.98 billion (10.2 per cent of the total), followed by wholesale and retail and science and technology.
Among the total 107 countries and territories investing in the country, Hong Kong was the largest investor with $6.45 billion, followed by South Korea with $5.52 billion and Singapore with $4.21 billion.
The capital city retained its position as the largest FDI recipient during the period with $6.61 billion, accounting for 22.7 per cent of the total. HCM City ranked second with $4.96 billion or 17 per cent, followed by the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai and the northern province of Bac Ninh.
Exports by the foreign-invested sector (including crude oil) in the first ten months were worth $150.4 billion, up 3.9 per cent year-on-year. Exports excluding crude oil stood at $148.7 billion, up 4.1 per cent.
Imports by the FDI sector were $122.1 billion, up 4.4 per cent against the same period of 2018. The FDI sector therefore recorded a trade surplus in the first ten months of $28.3 billion including crude oil and $26.6 billion excluding crude oil.