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DOF Economic Bulletin on FDIs, First Semester of 2021

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        Foreign direct investment (FDI) for the month of June posted a 60.5% growth year-on-year, from $519 million last year to $833 million in 2021. (Table 1)

  •     FDI for the first semester of the year was at $4.30 billion, 40.7% higher than the $3.05 billion recorded in the same period last year, and 5.9% higher than the $4.06 billion in the first six months of 2019. Year-on-year increases in reinvestment of earnings and net debt instruments of 7.7% and 86.5%, respectively, mitigated the 8.9% decline in net equity capital investments for the period. (Table 2) 
  •     Net equity capital investments for the period were primarily in the manufacturing, electricity, gas, steam, and airconditioning, financial and insurance, and real estate industries. 

DOF View

The year-on-year recovery of FDI during the first semester of the year suggests that the Philippines’ long-term prospects remain positive. 

A prudent and calibrated response to the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing the vaccination drive will be important in safely reopening the economy.

Moving forward, programs to make doing business easier and infrastructure investments will be key in attracting more investment into the country. Recently passed reforms such as the CREATE law, along with reforms still in the legislature, such as amendments to the Foreign Investment Act (FIA), the Commonwealth-era Public Service Act (PSA), and the Retail Trade Liberalization Act (RTLA) will be instrumental in mobilizing more foreign capital into the country and introduce more dynamism in the economy. 

 

Table 1. Net Foreign Direct Investment*, Monthly, U$M
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
2019 608 745 647 1,011 393 653 4,057
2020r 680 621 342 320 572 519 3,054
2021p 961 608 808 654 433 833 4,297
YoY Change (%) 41.3 (2.1) 136.3 104.4 (24.3) 60.5 40.7
% Change vs 2019 Level 58.1 (18.4) 24.9 (35.3) 10.2 27.6 5.9
Source of Basic Data: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)

*Net FDI flows refer to non-residents’ net equity capital (i.e., placements less withdrawals) + reinvestment of earnings + debt instruments (i.e., net intercompany borrowings).   

Notes: p – preliminary; r – revised

 

Table 2, Net Foreign Direct Investment, January to June, U$M
Jan-Jun 2020r Jan-Jun 2021p YoY Change (%)
Equity and Investment Fund Shares 1,550 1,493 (3.7)
Equity other than reinvestment of earnings, net 1,066 971 (8.9)
Manufacturing 617 298 (51.6)
Electricity, Gas, Steam, and Air-conditioning Supply -38 245
Financial and Insurance Activities 53 215 309.8
Real Estate Activities 96 71 (25.4)
Others 339 141 (58.3)
Reinvestment of Earnings 484 522 7.7
Debt Instruments, net 1,504 2,805 86.5
Total 3,055 4,298 40.7
Source of Basic Data: BSP

Notes: p – preliminary; r – revised

 

 

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