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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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Feb 02, 2017
Russian FederationGovernment approves the program on the privatization of state-owned assets for 2017-2019

On 2 February 2017, the government adopted the program on the privatization of state-owned assets for 2017-2019. It is valued at 17 billion roubles (USD 285.30 million). The plan envisages, inter alia, that the State reduces its stake ...

Jan 31, 2017
Korea, Republic ofRevised tax enforcement decrees focusing on fostering new growth industries

The State Council passed the revisions of 19 tax enforcement decrees on 31 January 2017. Among others, the following are introduced to foster new growth industries: (1) The Government increased the R&D tax credit rate on new growth ...

Jan 26, 2017
ColombiaModernizes foreign investment regime

On 26 January 2017, the Government of Colombia issued Decree 119 updating the country's international investment regime. One of the most significant changes of the decree is the modification of the registration scheme for foreign investments ...

Jan 17, 2017
UzbekistanSimplifies procedures for the privatization of state-owned assets

On 17 January 2017, the President issued a Decree "On measures to simplify and accelerate the privatization of state-owned assets for business purposes". The decree intends to create favourable conditions for doing business, simplify ...

Jan 17, 2017
ChinaChina issues guidelines to attract foreign investment

On 17 January 2017, the State Council issued a circular that provides measures to boost foreign investment. The government decided to revise the Catalogue for the Guidance of Industries for Foreign Investment, and to further open ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Nov 22, 2016

Investment Laws: A Widespread Tool for the Promotion and Regulation of Foreign Investment

For many countries investments laws are a core policy tool to promote and regulate investment. Together with international investment agreements (IIAs), they constitute the basic legal framework for cross-border investment in many countries. Often, these laws and IIAs contain similar provisions.

Publication article
Nov 10, 2016

Sixteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

​The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that, overall, G20 Members have refrained from raising new barriers to investment as reiterated in their commitment at the Hangzhou summit in September 2016.