As of the middle of May, the office reported total FDI of approximately US$650 million.
Nearly 280 FDI projects were awarded investment certificates, worth a total of US$482 million. Some 48 projects had value added with a capital of US$166 million.
According to the office, total FDI flow significantly dropped by US$408 million over the same period last year.
Of the total, 47.9% was from the Cayman Islands with four projects worth over US$230 million.
The following were Japan with 42 projects, Singapore with 38 projects, the Republic of Korea with 50 projects, and Malaysia with nine projects.
Tran Viet Ha, Head of the Investment Department of the HCM City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority (Hepza), said the city had no new big projects in the garment and textile sector, which had caused FDI figures to fall.
In other sectors, no new projects worth US$50 million or more have begun this year, Ha was quoted as saying in Dau Tu (Investment Review) Newspaper.
The city's Statistics Office said that most of the projects were in the sectors of real estate, finance and telecommunications.
FDI poured into HCM City, however, was expected to increase at the end of this year.
According to Vietnam Investment Review, at a recent press conference, Hepza announced that there could be a number of projects this year, including one worth US$500 million to develop solar energy.