This is a strong increase after two consecutive months of decline.
Of the figure, newly registered capital rose 30.6% to reach US$7.2 billion while additional investment to existing projects surged 97.4% to US$2.1 billion.
However, total investment through capital contributions and share purchases fell 58.5% to US$908 million.
Key projects to have been granted licenses or injected with additional funds in the first quarter include two natural gas power plants in Long An Province worth US$3.1 billion by a Singaporean investor and the O Mon II thermal power plant in Can Tho worth US$1.31 billion by a Japanese investor.
FDI disbursement in the January-March period rose 6.5% year-on-year to US$4.1 billion.