The electronic motor production line of the Japanese-funded Mabuchi Motor Viet Nam in southern Dong Nai Province's Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Zone. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam
HÀ NỘI Viet Nam News -— The southern region has received US$1.7 billion worth of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first quarter of 2016, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency.
This value accounted for 51.6 per cent of the total FDI registered in the country, making the region the leading performer in terms of FDI attraction. The agency said in its recent report that the positive results were due to the region’s huge potential in developing industries such as hi-tech, IT, oil and gas, in addition to several services in banking, finance and tourism sectors.
During the three-month period, 246 new foreign-invested projects received licences while 305 existing ones were approved to raise capital in the region, which include HCM City, Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu, Đồng Nai, and Bình Dương, in addition to Tây Ninh and Bình Phước.
Among large projects included $115 million steel mill emissions processing facility, developed by Zincox Resources PLC from the United Kingdom in Bà Rịa- Vũng Tàu Province; a $55 million-garment factory, invested by Brunei’s Promax Textile Việt Nam Co in Đồng Nai Province’s Nhơn Trạch 3 Industrial Zone and a Brunei-funded furniture manufacturing project, worth $38 million, in Đồng Nai’s Giang Điền Commune.
There were 41 countries and territories making investments in the region in the reviewed period. Of them, Japan ranked first with $309.3 million or equivalent to 18.1 per cent of the region’s total FDI. South Korea and Brunei came second and third with about $270 million, or 15.7 per cent, and $148.2 million, or 8.6 per cent, respectively.
Among six localities, Đồng Nai attracted the lion’s share of FDI with $585.4 million, making up 34.2 per cent of the region’s total FDI. It was followed by Bình Dương with $376 million, or 22 per cent, and HCM City with $354.2 million, or 20.7 per cent.
From January to March, the manufacturing and processing sector was the most attractive sector to foreign investors as it absorbed $1.29 billion, totalling 76 per cent of FDI pledged in the region. Water supply and waste treatment ranked second with $115 million while wholesale and retail came third with $105.7 million. — VNS