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Investment Policy Monitor



UNCTAD has been collecting information on changes in national foreign direct investment (FDI) policies on an annual basis since 1992. This collection has provided input to the analysis of global and regional investment policy trends in the World Investment Report, the quarterly Investment Policy Monitor (since 2009) and the UNCTAD-OECD Reports on G20 Measures.

In 2011, to further strengthen the quality of reporting, UNCTAD revised the methodology of monitoring investment policy measures. and revised the measures going back to 2000 accordingly.

The Investment Policy Monitor provides the international investment community with country-specific, up-to-date information about the latest developments in foreign investment policies.

Through its monitoring of investment policy changes, UNCTAD offers cutting-edge and innovative contributions to investment policy discourse, and contributes to preparing the ground for future policymaking in the interest of making foreign investment work for growth and development.

Note: the policy measures are identified through a systematic review of government and business intelligence sources. Measures are verified, to the fullest extent possible, by referencing government sources. The compilation of measures is not exhaustive.

Disclaimer: the boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.

Number of policy measures per economy (since Jan 01, 2010)
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Aug 03, 2017
NigeriaFederal Government grants ‘Pioneer Status’ to Nigerian creative industry

The Minister of Information and Culture issued a statement on 3 August 2017 to disclose that the Federal Government has granted ‘Pioneer Status’ to the Nigerian creative industry. The ‘Pioneer Status’ is granted to companies making ...

Jul 28, 2017
ChinaChina introduces new industrial guidelines for foreign investors

On 28 June 2017, the Chinese government published the Foreign Investment Industrial Guidance Catalogue (2017 Revision), which took effect on 28 July 2017. The new Catalogue reduces the number of restrictions or special administrative ...

Jul 19, 2017
Russian FederationAmendments to foreign investment laws for investing in business entities of strategic importance for national defence

On 18 July 2017, the President signed the Federal Law On Amendments to Article 6 of the Federal Law on Foreign Investment in the Russian Federation and to the Federal Law On the Procedure for Foreign Investment in Business Entities ...

Jul 11, 2017
GermanyExpands the scope of foreign investment screening

On 11 July 2017, the Government adopted a directive expanding the scope of foreign investment screening of non-EU companies seeking to acquire more than 25% of domestic firms. Current legislation is largely restricted to the monitoring ...

Jul 10, 2017
ChinaChina Removes Restrictions for Foreign Investment in New FTZ Negative List (2017 edition)

China’s State Council released an updated foreign investment negative list for the country's eleven free trade zones (FTZs) on 16 June 2017. It became effective on 10 July 2017. The new negative list removes 10 items and 27 special ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Jun 30, 2017

Seventeenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that, for the first time in years, the regular inventory of G20 Members' investment policy measures records a relatively greater proportion of restrictions to international investment.

Publication article
Apr 26, 2017

IPM Special Issue: Promoting investment in the digital economy

The digital economy – the application of internet-based digital technologies to the production and trade of goods and services – is becoming an ever more important part of the global economy. UNCTAD’s Special Issue of the Investment Policy Monitor shows that, even though promoting investment in the digital economy is a priority for almost all countries, there is a need to strengthen the investment dimension in digital strategies and improve policy coordination.