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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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There are a total of 698 results

Mar 31, 2017
PortugalPortugal transfers Novo Banco to Lone Star Funds

On 31 March 2017, the Portuguese Government reached an agreement to sell 75% stake of Novo Banco to the U.S. private-equity firm Lone Star Funds LP. The deal is estimated to amount to USD 1.07 billion. Novo Banco has been established ...

Mar 23, 2017
NigeriaIntroduction of "visa on arrival" facility for foreign investors

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) introduced in March 2017 a new online "Visa on Arrival" (VOA) facility to the public, especially to foreign investors willing to invest in Nigeria. The measure was part of the resolution of the ...

Mar 22, 2017
Côte d'IvoireSale of state miner Sodemi's 30 percent stake

The Government of Ivory Coast has approved, in March 2017, the sale of state miner Sodemi's 30 percent stake in the Ity gold project to Canada's Endeavour Mining and a group of investors, including Didier Drogba Group. Endeavour will ...

Mar 20, 2017
ChinaChina Revises Catalogue of Priority Industries for Foreign Investment in the Central and Western Regions

On 17 February 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) jointly released Order No. 33 of 2017 - Revision of Catalogue of Priority Industries for Foreign Investment in Central ...

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 RUB 17 billion (USD 285.30 million). The plan envisages, inter alia, that the State reduces its stake ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Mar 16, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 17

The Investment Policy Monitor finds that thirty three countries took 49 investment policy measures in the review period (October 2016 – February 2017).