Foreign direct investment (FDI) accounted for US$115.67 million, a 69.5% fall.
This included a US$35.5 million project by Yazaki Eds Vietnam Co Ltd in the Tan Phu Trung Industrial Park and a US$30 million increase in its capital by Furukawa Automotive Parts Vietnam Co Ltd, both in the automobile support industry.
Vietnamese firms invested a total of US$82.2 million, a year-on-year increase of 79.5%.
HEPZA targets total investment of US$700 million this year, and wants companies to invest in areas like high technology and supporting industries, electronics, IT and chemicals.
Speaking at a press conference on April 20, Tran Cong Khanh, head of the HEPZA office, said 61 projects have wound up and 20 others have temporarily halted operations.
Thirty five others are in the process of completing legal procedures for shutting down, he said.
In the first quarter 38 projects were licensed and six have already become operational.
More than 285,000 workers are employed by companies based in IPs and EPZs, an increase of 9,580. The number of foreign workers has risen by 3% to 2,112.
The companies need to hire more than 25,300 people this year, mostly for manual work.