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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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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 854 results

Sep 04, 2018
EthiopiaLifting of restrictions on logistics industry reserved exclusively for Ethiopians

The Ethiopian Investment Board has decided to lift the investment restriction in the logistic industry, which was exclusively reserved for Ethiopian nationals. The Decision lifts the restrictions imposed under Article 3.1(b) of the ...

Aug 13, 2018
United States of AmericaThe President signs National Defense Authorization Act into law

On 13 August 2018, the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2019. Amongst other changes, the new Act expands the scope of inward foreign investments subject to review by the Committee on Foreign ...

Aug 01, 2018
Viet NamEncourages education linkages with foreign partners

In early June 2018, the Government issued a decree (No.86/2018/ND-CP) on regulating foreign cooperation and investment in education, including education linkages with foreign partners. Specifically, private kindergartens and schools ...

Jul 28, 2018
ChinaSimplifies the negative list for foreign investment

On 28 July 2018, the 2018 Edition of Special Administrative Measures for Foreign Investment Access (also known as the negative list on foreign investment access) entered into force. The number of items subject to special administrative ...

Jul 26, 2018
MyanmarAllows local and foreign investment in mining

Starting from 26 July 2018, local and foreign investment in mining operations in Myanmar will be permitted, following an assessment of the industry’s environmental impacts. However, investors are required to seek permission from the ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Jul 04, 2018

Nineteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that investment policy measures taken by G20 Members show a mixed picture. While some point towards greater openness for foreign investment and the easing of conditions for international capital flows, especially where enterprise investment is concerned, others introduce new investment restrictions.

Publication article
Mar 28, 2018

Investment Policy Monitor No. 19

The Monitor finds that 22 countries took 32 investment policy measures between November 2017 and February 2018. The share of investment restrictions and regulations increased to 29 percent. Compared to the annual figures in recent years, this records the highest ratio since 2010.