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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 819 results

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 08, 2018
ThailandPasses the Eastern Economic Corridor Act

On 8 February 2018, the National Legislative Assembly passed the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Act as a law. The Thai government aims to attract investment through development of the EEC, which is a special economic zone located ...

Feb 02, 2018
NigeriaNigeria introduces local content requirement on Government procurement

Nigeria’s President signed an executive order in February 2018 ordering that all ‘procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007. ...

Feb 01, 2018
United Republic of TanzaniaBusiness Registration and Licensing Agency sets up new online platform

The Business Registration and Licensing Agency set up an Online Registration System in February 2018. The new online platform simplifies investment registration processes in Tanzania by significantly reducing the time and costs associated ...

Feb 01, 2018
AustraliaAustralia tightens foreign investment rules on energy and farms

All future bidding for Australian electricity infrastructure (electricity transmission, distribution and generation) and farmland, which are regarded as critical national assets, will be subject to a new restriction for foreign investors, ...

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.