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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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May 25, 2011
HungaryBuys stakes in oil and gas company

In late May, Hungarian authorities approved the purchase of a 21 percent stake in the country's largest oil and gas company, MOL, from Surgutneftegas (Russia) for €1.88bn (US $2.6 billion). Government regulators also declined to register ...

May 20, 2011
AngolaIntroduces new private investment law

The new law revoked the previous private investment legislation (Laws 11/03 an 17/03) and introduced the new regime applicable to national and foreign private investors in Angola. The new regime applies to national and foreign investors, ...

May 12, 2011
UzbekistanSimplifies registration procedures for businesses

The President of Uzbekistan issued a Resolution No.ПП-1529 of 12 May 2011 (in force from 1 June 2011), which simplifies registration requirements for legal entities and individual entrepreneurs: the registration fee has been reduced ...

May 11, 2011
IndiaApproves FDI in limited liability partnership firms

The Cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) decided that LLPs with FDI will be allowed through the Government approval route, in sectors or activities where 100 percent FDI is allowed through the automatic route and there are ...

May 08, 2011
United Arab EmiratesGrants concession for processing the re-sale of property

Damac Properties was selected by the Dubai Land Department to be granted access to the department's electronic property registry system (Oqood system), for the purpose of remotely completing resale transactions for off-plan property ...

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.