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Inbound FDI up 14.9% in Q1 2022
May 2022
Inbound foreign direct investment (FDI) pledged to Korea were US $5.45 billion in the first quarter of 2022, rising 14.9 percent year-on-year to reach the highest first-quarter result ever.

By region, investment pledged from the US surged 284.7 percent year-on-year to US $0.87 billion and Japanese investment jumped 94.6 percent to US $0.48 billion. FDI pledges from China fell 44.2 percent to US $0.12 billion and investment from the EU (including the UK) fell 81.3 percent to US $0.58 billion.

By industry, inbound FDI in manufacturing amounted to US $1.64 billion, up 267.0 percent year-on-year and investment in services went down 9.4 percent to US $3.77 billion.