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In January to November 2018, net foreign direct investments slightly went down by 3% to US$9.1 billion from US$9.4 billion in the same period last year. Equity capital investments were infused mainly in manufacturing amounting to US$1.0 billion which was 4% higher than its 2017 level at US$1.0 billion. This was followed by investments in the real estate activities (US$286.5 million); financial and insurance activities (US$265.9 million); arts, entertainment and recreation (US$188.4 million); and electricity, gas, steam and airconditioning supply (US$165.4 million).

Equity capital placements during the period originated primarily from Singapore (US$912.4 million), Hong Kong (US$268.8 million), China (US$195.3 million), Japan (US$189.0 million), and Taiwan (US$151.9 million).

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