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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 866 results

Nov 11, 2018
United States of AmericaNew Treasury program limits foreign investment in US technology

On 10 October 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), adopted a pilot program to protect critical American technology and intellectual property from ...

Sep 26, 2018
AustraliaRevised guidance on foreign purchases of agricultural land

On 10 August 2018, the Australian government adopted the following amendments to the application of the requirement for an open and transparent sale process for foreign purchases of agricultural land: The requirement previously applied ...

Sep 10, 2018
IndonesiaMinimum equity requirement for foreign investors to use OSS system reduced from 10 billion to 2.5 billion

The minimum equity requirement for foreign investment companies to register on and use the Online Single Submission (OSS) portal, which used to be IDR 10 billion, has been reduced to IDR 2.5 billion reportedly as of 10 September 2018, ...

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 Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018

The US President signed into law the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act 2018 (FIRRMA) on 13 August 2018. It reforms and modernizes the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review process of inward ...

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.