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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 63

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 737 results

Apr 01, 2010
EgyptLaunches Center of Investment Disputes Settlement

Egypt launched a Centre of Investment Disputes Settlement within the Ministry of Investment, which acts as a mechanism for reaching a consensual, speedy and fair settlement of disputes, if the disputing parties agree to resort to the ...

Mar 25, 2010
PanamaNationalizes road concessions

In mid-March the Government announced its decision to assume control over two toll-road concessions awarded in the 1990s. The move came after the publication of findings from an audit, following complaints over pricing and reliability. ...

Mar 10, 2010
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofTakeover thermo generator

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has approved US $50 million to nationalize thermo generator Turboven. The United States power company PSEG holds a 50 percent stake in the power producer, which operates gas-fired ...

Mar 01, 2010
ZimbabweAdopts Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Regulation

In March 2010 Zimbabwe adopted the Indigenization and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulation 2010 (Statutory Instrument 21 of 2010), which, inter alia, requires companies operating in Zimbabwe to provide specific information (including ...

Feb 01, 2010
QatarAmending the Investment Law

The Government of Qatar issued law no. 1 of 2010 to amend the Investment Law of 2000. Effective 2February 2010, foreign investors are permitted to own up to 100 percent of companies operating in the following sectors: consultancy ...

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.