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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 64

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 727 results

Jan 04, 2010
Syrian Arab RepublicAllows foreign investors to own up to 60% of local banks

On 4 January the Syrian President signed Law No. 3 of 2010 allowing foreign investors to own up to 60 percent of local banks. This measure amended the original 2001 law (No. 28) on private banks that set a 49 percent limit on foreign ...

Jan 02, 2010
MadagascarRemoves foreign exchange restrictions

Madagascar removed restrictions on the transfer of capital in and out of the country (foreign exchange), while requiring a declaration of transfer to be submitted to the authorities or authorized bank.

Jan 01, 2010
Russian FederationPrivatization of share-packets in ten large State-owned companies

Russia's has provisionally approved a list of State-owned companies in which the Government will sell part of its stake over the course of 2011-13. The Government aims to raise nearly US $30 billion over the three-year period. This ...

Jan 01, 2010
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofNationalizes agricultural company

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela decreed the expropriation of land belonging to the Spanish-Venezuelan agricultural company Agroislena. In his comments, the President said Agroislena was selling products at inflated ...

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.