Less than one month into 2013, the country has licensed 37 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, worth 257.1 million USD in registered capital, according to the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

In addition, 9 existing projects added 24.3 million USD to their registration capital, bringing the total amount of FDI capital inflow by January 20 to 281.4 million USD, up 74 percent compared to the same month last year.

The largest portion of FDI inflows was poured into processing and manufacturing industry, accounting for nearly 72.1 percent of total invested capital.

Japan topped the list of investors with 157.7 million USD in newly granted and additional capital, followed by Thailand and France with 19.3 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively.

Dong Nai, Hai Phong and Binh Duong are the three most popular destinations for foreign investors this year.

According to the FIA , FDI disbursement was estimated at 420 million USD, up 5 percent year-on-year. The FDI sector expects to bring in 6.61 billion USD from exports in January, accounting for 65.49 percent of the country’s export earnings./.VNA