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Hanoi (VNA) - Disbursement of foreign direct investment (FDI) increased by 9.7 percent to 1.7 billion USD in the first two months of 2018. 

The Ministry of Planning and Investment's Foreign Investment Agency also revealed that in the first two months of the year, Vietnam attracted FDI worth 3.34 billion USD, or 98.2 percent of the figure of the same period last year. 

Of this total, 1.83 billion USD came from manufacturing and processing firms, accounting for 54.6 percent of the nation’s total registered capital.

Construction ranked second with 345.4 million USD and estate trading ranked third with 312.1 million USD.

January saw nearly 1.25 billion USD of FDI poured into Vietnam, equal to 75.9 percent of the figure in the same period last year.

In 2017, Vietnam remained an attractive destination for foreign investors with total FDI capital registered in the country hitting a record high of 35.88 billion USD, up 44.4 percent year on year.

FDI disbursement last year also reached a record high, increasing by 10.8 percent to 17.5 billion USD. -VNA