Newly-registered and adjusted investment capital in export processing and industrial zones in Ho Chi Minh City totalled 576.77 million USD by the end of December, achieving 115.35 percent of the last year's plan and up by 40.09 percent compared to 2012, the Saigon Giai Phong daily's English edition reported on January 7.

Of those, foreign investment capital was 358.55 million USD, up 72.7 percent over the previous year, while local investment nearly touched 4.58 trillion VND (218.21 million USD), up 6.91 percent compared to that in 2012.

In 2013, 20 projects, including13 foreign direct investment ones with total investment of 18.37 million USD and seven local with total investment of 122.8 billion VND, had to temporarily halt or stop their operation.

As many as 32 other projects liquidated ahead of schedule due to ineffectiveness. In addition, 35 projects had to reduce by 20-30 percent of its capacity due to economic difficulties./.