Samsung remains the single largest foreign investor in Vietnam. (Photo: www.businessinsider.com)
Disbursements of foreign direct investment (FDI
) in Vietnam have reached $7.25 billion in the first six months of this year, rising 15.1% from the same period of last year, according to data of the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
Overseas investors pledged to invest a total of $11.28 billion in the country in the period, soaring 105.5% from a year earlier, of which $7.5 billion was registered for 1,145 newly-licensed projects.
took the lead in FDI attraction, with $1.9 billion in the period, leaving Ho Chi Minh City
far behind with $512 million.
Foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam earned $58.56 billion from export in the six-month period while spending $47.3 billion on import, leading to a trade surplus of $11.27 billion.
Disbursed FDI in Vietnam hit $14.5 billion last year, driven by robust economic growth and expectations for the country’s deepened economic integration with a number of major free-trade agreements finalized.