Net foreign direct investments (FDI) in January-August 2017 amounted to US$5.11 billion, lower by 5.2% than US$5.39 billion posted in January-August 2016.  Equity capital investments were infused mainly in manufacturing amounting to US$533.4 million, followed by investments in real estate activities (US$160.1 million), financial and insurance activities (US$81.6 million), electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (US$68.8 million), and transportation and storage (US$52.2 million).

Equity capital placements during the same period originated primarily from USA (US$352.6 million), Singapore (US$269.3 million), Netherlands (US$76.6 million), Hong Kong (US$67.2 million), and Taiwan (US$31.3 million).

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