Net foreign direct investments (FDI) in Jan-Apr 2018 amounted to US$3.20 billion, higher by 24.3% than US$2.58 billion during the same period last year.  Equity capital investments were infused mainly in manufacturing amounting to US$505.9 million, followed by investments in the financial and insurance activities (US$245.9 million); arts, entertainment and recreation (US$185.5 million); real estate activities (US$121.4 million); and electricity, gas, steam and airconditioning supply (US$26.8 million).
Equity capital placements during the period originated primarily from Singapore (US$484.4 million), Hong Kong (US$231.2 million), China (US$163.8 million), Japan (US$74.4 million), and Taiwan (US$68.8 million).

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