Statistics of Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs shows that 716 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, with a total amount of US$1,828,727,000 were approved from January to April 2012. This indicates an increase of 1.27% in the number of cases as well as an increase of 31.52% in FDI amount compared with the same period last year. The larger projects include Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited’s establishment of an subsidiary in Taiwan , and SCA HYGIENE Holding AB (from Sweden)’s purchase of Everbeauty Corporation Taiwan (disposable diaper Manufacturer).
With regard to inward investment from Mainland China, 42 cases were approved with an amount of US$104,449,000 from January to April 2012. This indicates an increase for both the number of the investment projects (+35.48%) and the FDI amount (+629.55%) compared with the same period last year. The rise of the amount comes mainly from the investment of two banks of Mainland China establishing branches in Taiwan with working capital for 91,480,000 US dollars in January. Aggregated from July 2009 to April 2012, 246 cases were approved with a total investment amount added up to US$280,016,000.
In terms of Taiwan’s outbound investment (except Mainland China), 104 projects were registered from January to April 2012, with a total amount of US$1,149,912,000, indicating an increase of 11.83% in the number of cases and an increase of 20.3% in the amount as compared with the same period last year.
As for Taiwan’s outward investment to Mainland China, 132 applications have been approved from January to April 2012 with a decrease of 36.84% compared with previous year. The approved investment amount is US$3,369,952,000, 25.5% less than the same period of the previous year.