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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

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Oct 22, 2010
Syrian Arab RepublicPasses a new leasing law

The Government of Syria has taken new steps in its programme of modernising financial services through the passage of a law covering the establishment of leasing companies. The President signed law No. 88 on 2 October, which specifies ...

Oct 11, 2010
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofNationalizes fertiliser producer

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela took over fertiliser producer Fertilizantes Nitrogenados de Oriente (FertiNitro). FertiNitro, which operates one of the world's largest nitrogen-based fertiliser plants, is part-owned ...

Oct 07, 2010
PolandSold 10 percent of its largest utility (PGE)

The Government of Poland sold 10 percent of its largest utility (PGE) in the open market.

Oct 05, 2010
Korea, Republic ofExpands FDI zones to the services sector

The Korean Government expanded the foreign direct investment zones to the services sector, such as knowledge services, tourism, logistics, finance and education. It also offers more incentives to such businesses. The designation of ...

Sep 01, 2010
Korea, Republic ofMore incentives to foreign investors in special economic zones

The Ministry of Knowledge Economy announced that at least 10 percent of the land in each free economic zone will be allocated to foreign companies, with rental fees to be reduced by 75 percent to even 100 percent, depending on the ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Apr 26, 2017

IPM Special Issue: Promoting investment in the digital economy

The digital economy – the application of internet-based digital technologies to the production and trade of goods and services – is becoming an ever more important part of the global economy. UNCTAD’s Special Issue of the Investment Policy Monitor shows that, even though promoting investment in the digital economy is a priority for almost all countries, there is a need to strengthen the investment dimension in digital strategies and improve policy coordination.