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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)
1 69

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 806 results

Jan 25, 2018
PeruAuthorizes a foreign investment mining company to operate in the border area

By Supreme Decree 011-2018-PCM of 25 January 2018, the Government of Peru declared private investment in mining activities of public necessity and authorized a mining company with foreign and Peruvian investment to acquire mining rights ...

Jan 18, 2018
UkraineParliament adopts the Bill on privatization of public property

On 18 January 2018, the Parliament adopted the Bill on the Privatization of Public Property. The law aims to make the privatization process more transparent and faster for investors. For example, the law establishes a time period of ...

Jan 16, 2018
ThailandIntroduces 'Smart Visa' to attract highly skilled foreign talents

On 16 January 2018, the Cabinet approved a new visa system ('Smart Visa') to attract foreign highly skilled talents. The Smart Visa applies to foreign entrepreneurs, high-level executives, start-up business owners or highly-skilled ...

Jan 11, 2018
ArgentinaEliminates bureaucratic obstacles to attract private investments

On 11 January 2018, the Government of Argentina published a decree with 170 measures that will eliminate rules and regulations that are considered to reduce the country's competitiveness to attract private investment. Among others, ...

Jan 10, 2018
IndiaFDI policy further liberalized in several sectors

On 10 January 2018, the Union Cabinet approved a number of amendments in the Foreign Direct Investment Policy, mainly intended to liberalise and simplify the policies related to FDI. Among other things, the major changes are: (1) 100% ...

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.