09:22 | 01/07/2015 Economy
Viet Nam disbursed US$6.3 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the first half of 2015, a year-on-year increase of 9.6%, according to the Foreign Investment Agency, under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
The total registered and additional FDI in six months reached US$5.49 billion, equal to 80.2% of the same period last year.
Up to 757 projects were licensed with a total registered capital of more than US$3.83 billion. A total number of 281 projects were added with US$1.65 billion.
In the first half of the year, foreign investors poured investment in 16 sectors. The processing and manufacturing industry took the lead with 338 newly-registered projects and 190 others added with more money, worth US$4.18 billion, accounting for 76.2%.
The real estate sector ranked second with 18 projects, valued at US$465.5 million, making up 8.5%. It was followed by retail sales with a total registered and additional capital of US$276.5 million.
The Republic of Korea was the largest investor in Viet Nam in the first half of the year, pouring a total investment of US$1.52 billion, accounting for 27.7%, followed by Virgin Islands with US$684.8 million and Turkey with US$660.2 million, making up 12.5% and 12%, respectively.
Ho Chi Minh City led other provinces and cities in terms of attracting the FDI with US$1.12 billion, accounting for 20.5% . Dong Nai Province and Hai Phong City occupied the second and third places with US$1.03 billion and US$433.7 million, accounting for 18.8% and 7.9%, respectively./.