Inside an FDI firm (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Disbursed foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam in 2018 hit 19.1 billion USD, an increase of 9.1 percent over the previous year.

In the recent three years, the disbursed FDI reached over 50 billion USD, according to a report by the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

By December 20, total foreign investment in Vietnam, including newly-registered and added capital and that for share purchase, was 35.46 billion USD, or 98.8 percent of last year’s figure.

FDI commitment for 3,046 newly-licensed projects reached nearly 18 billion USD, equivalent to 84.5 percent of the same period last year.

After a yearly decline of nearly 10 percent in FDI added to operating projects totaled at 7.59 billion USD, the capital pledged for stake acquisitions rose by 60 percent year on year to 9.89 billion USD, the report said.

As per the data, foreign-invested enterprises gained a trade surplus of 32.8 billion USD this year as they exported 175.5 billion USD worth of goods, up 13 percent while their imports hit 142.7 billion USD, up 12 percent. 

The manufacturing and processing sector garnered the most interest from foreign investors in the period, accounting for 16.58 billion USD, or 47 percent of the registered capital.

The real estate sector ranked second with 6.6 billion USD, or 18.5 percent and the retail sector came third with 3.67 billion USD, or 10.3 percent.

Statistics showed that 112 countries and territories invested in Vietnam from January to December. Among them, Japan took the lead with 8.59 billion USD, making up 24 percent of the nation’s total FDI. The Republic of Korea and Singapore were the runner-ups with 7.2 billion USD and 5 billion USD, making up 24.2 percent and 14.2 percent of the nation’s total FDI, respectively.-VNA