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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 823 results

Mar 20, 2018
AngolaInvestment super-agency established

In a presidential decree issued in March 2018, Angola dissolved the Unidade Técnica para o Investimento Privado (UTIP), the Agência para a Promoção de Investimento de Exportações de Angola (APIEX) and the Unidade Técnica de Apoio ao ...

Mar 10, 2018
Congo, Democratic Republic of theAdoption of a mining code

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo signed, on 10 March 2018, a new mining code into law. The new law will increase royalties on copper from 2% to 3.5%, on gold from 2.5% to 3.5% and could potentially increase royalties ...

Feb 26, 2018
Saudi ArabiaExtends foreign investment licensing period

On 26 February 2018, the General Investment Authority of Saudi Arabia extended the licensing period for foreign investors to five years - up from the current one year. The licensing period can also be renewed upon expiry of the five-year ...

Feb 15, 2018
United States of AmericaU.S. rejects Chinese-led takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange

On 15 February 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected a takeover of the Chicago Stock Exchange by a group led by Chinese-based investors. SEC said in a statement that the review process had raised questions over ...

Feb 08, 2018
ThailandPasses the Eastern Economic Corridor Act

On 8 February 2018, the National Legislative Assembly passed the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Act. The new act provides incentives such as tax grants, the right to land ownership and the issue of visas. It also sets out the rules ...

Latest Publications

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.

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.