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Korean Foreign Direct Investment, Q4 and 2019 Full Year

  • DivisionInternational Economic Affairs Bureau - International Economic Policy Division
  • DateMarch 20, 2020
  • Tel0442157610

Korean FDI, Q4 and 2019 Full Year

 

2019 Korean FDI Posts US $61.85 Billion

 

 

The 2019 Korean FDI amounted to US $61.85 billion, rising 21.0 percent compared with US $51.10 billion of the previous year.  Korean FDI net outflows were US $49.33 billion, up 18.4 percent from US $41.65 billion a year ago.

 

Korean FDI, 2019

(US$ billion, %, y-o-y)

Korean FDI

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Amount invested (A)

28.59

30.37

39.79

44.72

51.10

61.85

Change (%)

-8.2

6.2

31.0

12.4

14.3

21.0

Amount flowed back (B)

6.63

8.36

10.10

9.58

9.45

12.52

Net amount invested (A-B)

21.96

22.01

29.69

35.14

41.65

49.33

Change (%)

-7.2

0.2

34.9

18.3

18.5

18.4

 

By industry, Korean FDI focused on finance and insurance (40.5%), manufacturing (29.7%), real estate & renting (11.2%), mining (4.1%), and wholesale and retail (3.3%).

 

By country, the top five destinations for Korean FDI were the US (23.9%), the Cayman Islands (13.1%), China (9.4%), Vietnam (7.2%) and Singapore (4.9%).

 

By region, Korean FDI went to Asia (32.3%), North America (25.8%), Europe (21.9%), Latin America (16.6%), Oceania (1.6%), Middle East (1.0%) and Africa (0.9%).

 

Korean FDI for Q4, 2019

 

Korean foreign direct investment (FDI) for the fourth quarter of 2019 posted US $15.95 billion, rising 16.1 percent from US $13.73 billion a year ago and 12.6 percent from US $14.17 billion of the previous quarter.  Korean FDI net outflows were US $10.88 billion, up 4.6 percent from US $10.40 a year ago and down 0.6 percent from the previous quarter’s US $10.95 billion.

 

Korean FDI, Q4 2019

                                                        (US$ billions, %, y-o-y)

 

Korean FDI

2018

2019

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Amount invested (A)

9.86

13.76

13.74

13.73

14.91

16.82

14.17

15.95

Change (%)

-27.9

30.7

32.7

35.3

51.2

22.2

3.1

16.1

Amount flowed back (B)

2.15

1.71

2.25

3.34

1.50

2.73

3.21

5.07

Net amount invested (A-B)

7.71

12.05

11.49

10.40

13.41

14.09

10.95

10.88

Change (%)

-36.1

59.3

51.4

31.5

73.9

16.9

-4.7

4.6

 

By industry, Korean FDI focused on finance & insurance (43.4%), manufacturing (22.7%), real estate & renting (9.0%), transportation and storage (3.9%), and wholesale and retain (3.6%).

 

By country, the top five destinations for Korean FDI were the US (27.8%), the Cayman Islands (16.6%), Vietnam (8.0%), China (6.3%) and Luxemburg (5.0%).

 

By region, FDI went to North America (29.2%), Asia (28.7%), Latin America (20.5%), Europe (17.2%), Oceania (2.8%), Middle East (1.5%) and Africa (0.3%).

 

Please refer to the attached pdf

 

 

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