HONG KONG, Nov. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- The foreign direct investment ( FDI) inflows to Hong Kong in the first six months of this year amounted to about 20 billion US dollars, more than half of the FDI inflow in 2004, according to the latest figures released by Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department.
According to the World Investment Report 2005 released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, FDI flows to Hong Kong increased by 150 percent from 13.6 billion US dollars to 34.0 billion US dollars in 2004 over the previous year. In 2004, Hong Kong ranked seventh in FDI inflows in the world and second inAsia, behind the mainland. Hong Kong's FDI prospect in 2005 remains positive.
As at June 1, 2005, there were over 6,200 companies with parentcompanies outside Hong Kong set up as regional headquarters (1,167), regional offices (2,631) or local offices (2,472) an all time high figure in all three categories.
In the first six months of 2005, Invest Hong Kong assisted 144 overseas and mainland companies to set up or expand operations in Hong Kong, representing a year-on-year increase of 13.4 percent for the same period.