Monday, June 23, 2008

Vietnam attracts over $30 bln of foreign investment in first half

HANOI, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam attracted 31.6 billion U.S. dollars in foreign direct investment in the first half of the year, as against 20.3 billion dollars of the whole 2007, said a senior economic official here Saturday.

The figure proved that foreign investors remained confident in Vietnam although its economy was experiencing great difficulty, said Cao Viet Sinh, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment

The country is likely to attain a gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of between 6.6 and 6.7 percent in the first six months, said Sinh, adding that the rate helps ensure the targeted growth for the whole year of 7 percent set by the National Assembly.

Also in the six months, the country earned 29.7 billion dollars from exports, said the deputy minister.