Foreign direct investment (FDI) in South Korea has continuously grown since 2001. Reported amount of FDI has continued to reach around USD 20 billion every year since 2015, maintaining its strong upward momentum.
The recent rise in foreign direct investment is attributed to growing capital inflow from investors in emerging countries including China and Middle Eastern nations through the Korea-China FTA, summit diplomacy, and other policy measures to reinforce economic cooperation. Increased investment in service sectors such as logistics and cultural contents is another driving force behind the rising FDI in Korea. In recent years, global companies are increasingly establishing headquarters and R&D centers in Korea, while expanding investment into higher value–added businesses like advanced materials.
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Around 16,000 foreign companies are doing businesses in Korea in a variety of fields including finance, technology, motor vehicles and automotive parts, and medical service. Among them, 223 companies are Fortune 500 Global Enterprises.