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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 829 results

Apr 20, 2018
MyanmarIssues a Notification related to investment in the education sector

On 20 April 2018, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) issued a Notification (7-2018) allowing foreigners to make full capital investments in private schools. According to the Notification, the MIC may permit domestic or foreign ...

Apr 19, 2018
AngolaAdoption of an investment law

On 19 April 2018, the Parliament of Angola passed an investment law, which scraps rules that previously forced foreign investors to partner with local firms. The law effectively ended the requirement that at least 35 percent of the ...

Apr 16, 2018
IndiaThe Government sets foreign capital requirements for unregulated financial services entities

On 16 April 2018, the Ministry of Finance set foreign capital requirements for financial services entities, which are not regulated by any financial regulator. The minimum capital requirements will be USD 20 million for ‘Fund-based ...

Mar 23, 2018
GreeceConcludes sale of 67 per cent of the shares in Thessaloniki port

On 23 March 2018, the Greek government concluded the sale of a 67 per cent stake in the country's second largest port ("Thessaloniki Port") to a German-led consortium. The total value of this deal was EUR 1.1 billion.

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 ...

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.