Vietnam’s FDI projected to reap up to USD 38 bln in 2023
According to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Vietnam is likely to attract USD 36-38 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2023. The figure was nearly USD 22.4 billion in 2022.

According to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Vietnam is likely to attract USD 36-38 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2023. The figure was nearly USD 22.4 billion in 2022.

Deputy Director of the FIA Do Van Su said disbursement of foreign investment this year is expected to hit USD 22-23 billion.

Su acknowledged that the opening of China’s economy might affect Vietnam's foreign investment attraction, adding that China remained the leading investment destination in the region, so when they opened up, capital will flow into this market while that to Vietnam and other economies in the region will be limited.

On the contrary, the investment capital movement of the Republic of Korea (RoK) , Japan, and Taiwan (China) will be accelerated. This shift will be accelerated until 2025, and Vietnam will be a preferred investment destination for investors, he added.

Vietnam remains an attractive destination for foreign investors__Photo: VNA

Currently, the RoK, Japan and Taiwan (China) are Vietnam’s major sources of foreign investment and they have constantly increased their investments in Southeast Asian countries.

According to FIA, essential factors for FDI to continue to prosper in 2023 include economic growth results in 2022 and endless efforts of authorities in improving the business investment environment, creating trust with investors, and effectively exploiting the advantages of free trade agreements.

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said that Vietnam had adopted a selective approach to attracting foreign investment inflows which will contribute to the country's implementation of the sustainable development strategy.

Priority will be given to projects using new and green technologies, with high added value, modern corporate governance, and high spillover effects, ensuring technology transfer, and being integrated with global supply and production chains, Dung said.

To lure more foreign investment, he emphasized the importance of developing innovation and financial centers at the regional and international levels, creating a driving force for socio-economic development in the coming period, adding that stabilizing the macro-economy, improving infrastructure and the quality of human resources will be also needed.

So far this year, Vietnam saw good signs in foreign investment attraction as nearly USD 900 million of FDI has been registered in the northern province of Bac Giang.

On January 7, China’s Yadea Group said it will invest USD 100 million in a factory to manufacture and assemble electric motorcycles with an expected capacity of about 2 million vehicles per year in the province's Tan Hung Industrial Park. Covering an area of 23.2ha, the project will be implemented in the second quarter of 2023.

Earlier on January 2, Bac Giang province granted an investment certificate to Singapore’s Ingrasys Pte Ltd, the Fulian precision technology factory project investor signed an MoU with Chinese investor Hainan Longi Green Energy Technology Co Ltd on a project to produce solar panels.

Both projects will be conducted from the first quarter of 2023, with a combined registered capital of about USD 761 million.

Hanoi city__Photo: VNA

Foreign investment in Vietnam remained a bright spot in the country’s 2022 economic panorama, despite experiencing a year-on-year decrease in value, thanks to its disbursement reaching a five-year high.

Data from the MPI showed as of December 20, there were 2,036 newly-registered FDI projects worth USD 12.45 billion, up 17.1 percent year-on-year in the quantity, but down 18.4 percent in value.

In addition, 1,107 projects had their capital raised with a total amount of USD 10.12 billion, up 12.4 percent and 12.2 percent year-on-year, respectively.

Capital contributions and share purchases (foreign indirect investment or FII) were worth USD 5.15 billion, down 25.2 percent. This figure made the total foreign investment in the country in 2022 top USD 27.7 billion.

Meanwhile, FDI disbursement in 2022 hit nearly USD 22.4 billion, up 13.5 percent year-on-year, making it the highest amount in the past five years, the General Statistics Office (GSO) reported.

By the end of last year, the country was home to 36,278 valid projects with a total registered capital of approximately USD 438.7 billion. The accumulated realized capital of foreign investment projects topped USD 274 billion, equaling 62.5 percent of the total valid registered investment capital.

Foreign investors poured funds into 19 out of the 21 sectors in the national economic classification system, of which the processing and manufacturing industry maintained its lead in terms of attracting FDI with a combined investment of over USD 16.8 billion, accounting for 60.6 percent of the country’s total.

Among the 108 nations and territories pouring capital into Vietnam this year, Singapore ranked first with USD 6.46 billion. It was followed by the RoK and Japan.- (VNA/VLLF)

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