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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 60

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 698 results

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaDelegates the power to approve foreign-invested projects to the provincial level

The competent commerce authorities and national economic and technological development zones of provinces, autonomous areas, municipalities directly under the central Government, cities specifically designated in the state plan, Xinjiang ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaAllows fully foreign-owned hospitals

The Government announced a circular allowing fully foreign-owned hospitals to be established on the Chinese mainland. Initially foreign investment will be permitted on a pilot basis with priority for investment from Hong Kong, Taiwan ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaIncreases monitoring foreign investment in the real estate sector

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) urged local authorities to increase checks and supervision on property investment that involved foreign investors and strengthen risk controls. According to the statement, foreign-funded developers are ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaRevises registration of foreign-invested partnership enterprises

The State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) released a new order on the registration of foreign-invested partnership enterprises effective 1 March 2010. The registration would be managed by local industrial and commercial ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaEstablishment of a security scrutiny system for mergers and acquisitions involving foreign capital

The Opinions that the State Council released on 6 April 2010 called for a swift establishment of a security scrutiny system for mergers and acquisitions involving foreign capital.

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Mar 16, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 17

The Investment Policy Monitor finds that thirty three countries took 49 investment policy measures in the review period (October 2016 – February 2017).