Of the sum, around US$ 340 million was poured into 102 newly licensed projects while the remaining US$ 99.6 million was injected into 23 already operating projects.
In the first eight months of the year, the wholesale and retail sector lured the largest share of Vietnamese investment with US$ 97 million, accounting for 22 percent of the total.
The agro-forestry-fishery sector ranked second with US$ 89 million, making up 20 percent of the total, and the science and technology sector came third with US$ 84 million or equivalent to 19 percent, followed by real estate trading with US$ 72 million or 16 percent.
Among the 30 countries and territories where Vietnamese investors were active from January to August, Australia was the largest recipient with US$ 179 million or 41 percent of the total, mainly thanks to two large-scale projects of TH Group worth a total of US$ 88.5 million, the FIA said, adding that the projects are in agriculture and dairy farming.
Australia was followed by Spain which attracted US$ 60 million or 14 percent. Other destinations for Vietnamese investments were the US (US$ 46.3 million or 11.2 percent), Cambodia (US$ 39 million or 9 percent) and Singapore (US$ 36 million or 8 percent).
Experts forecast that Vietnam’s overseas investment would continue to increase if the world economy stays stable. Meanwhile, free trade agreements which Vietnam has joined could help drive local enterprises to seek investment opportunities in foreign markets thanks to tax cuts.