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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 727 results

Aug 25, 2017
Dominican RepublicCreates ProDominicana to attract foreign investment

On 25 August 2017, the Dominican Republic established ProDominicana by Decree number 275-17. The institution is tasked with the promotion and facilitation of exports and foreign direct investment in the country. The Export and Investment ...

Jun 29, 2017
IndiaIssues Standard Operating Procedure for approval of foreign direct investment

Following up the Union Cabinet's decision in May 2017 to phase out the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and let all FDI applications be handled by the relevant ministries/departments as per sector, the Department of Industrial ...

May 04, 2017
AngolaInternet-based licensing system launched

The Angolan Ministry of Industry will launch, by end of May 2017, a new system of application, which enables national and foreign investors to apply for industrial licenses via the Internet. The new system reduces the waiting time ...

Apr 27, 2017
GreeceGreece sells stake of Thessaloniki port to a consortium of German investors

The Greek state transferred 67 percent of the shares of Thessaloniki Port Authority to a consortium of investors via its privatization fund on 27 April 2017. The consortium is led by Deutsche Invest Equity Partners. The German firm ...

Apr 21, 2017
CanadaOntario Unveils A New 15% Land Transfer Tax

As of 21 April 2017, a Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) is effective. The NRST is a 15% tax on the purchase or acquisition of an interest in residential property located in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region by individuals who ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Dec 05, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 18

The Monitor finds that 38 countries took 60 investment policy measures between May and October 2017. The share of liberalisation, promotion and facilitation measures reached 78 per cent - broadly in line with the average in recent years. Developing countries especially in Asia and Africa took the lead in adopting these policies.

Publication article
Nov 09, 2017

Eighteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that policy measures taken by G20 Members were mostly geared towards greater openness for foreign investment.