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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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Sep 13, 2017
United States of AmericaU.S. blocks a $1.3 bn deal on national security grounds

U.S. President Donald Trump has blocked the 1.3 billion acquisition by a Chinese-backed private equity firm of Lattice Semiconductor Corp., a U.S.-based chipmaker company, on 13 September 2017. The move marked the fourth time that ...

Sep 05, 2017
EgyptExecutive Regulations for Industrial Permits Act issued

The executive regulations bring into force Law 15 (2017) on industrial licensing, which was approved by the parliament in May 2017. The law enhances the role of the Industrial Development Organisation, which will henceforth be the ...

Sep 02, 2017
UzbekistanRelaxes capital controls on foreign currency

On 2 September 2017 the President issued a decree relaxing capital controls on foreign currency for businesses and individuals. Enterprises registered in Uzbekistan are now permitted to buy and sell currency for any purpose, including ...

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 ...

Aug 07, 2017
NigeriaList of 27 new industries added to the list of pioneer status incentives

On 7 August 2017, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) published the list of 27 new industries eligible to enjoy the pioneer status incentive in Nigeria. Notable inclusions to the list are e-commerce ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Jun 30, 2017

Seventeenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that, for the first time in years, the regular inventory of G20 Members' investment policy measures records a relatively greater proportion of restrictions to international investment.