In January to October 2018, net foreign direct investments grew by 2% to US$8.5 billion from US$8.4 billion in the same period last year. Equity capital investments were infused mainly in manufacturing amounting to US$1.0 billion which was 15% higher than its 2017 level at US$894.8 million. This was followed by investments in the real estate activities (US$269.6 million); financial and insurance activities (US$230.2 million); arts, entertainment and recreation (US$188.4 million); and electricity, gas, steam and airconditioning supply (US$130.1 million).

Equity capital placements during the period originated primarily from Singapore (US$905.7 million), Hong Kong (US$264.0 million), China (US$189.3 million), Japan (US$8.5 million), and Taiwan (US$120.9 million).

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