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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

Feb 01, 2010
IndonesiaNew mineral and coal policy

New Regulation requires that all existing mining licenses be converted to the new form of mining business permit by 1 May 2010. The regulation also requires existing mining companies in the production stage to process or refine minerals ...

Jan 28, 2010
ThailandEases capital ouflow regulation

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) relaxed foreign exchange regulations for outbound investment both direct and portfolio, hedging transactions and fund transfers between companies and its affiliates. The relaxation aims to reduce what the ...

Jan 28, 2010
LibyaEncourages investment

The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya adopted Law No. 09 of 2010 relating to the encouragement of investment, which, inter alia, encourages domestic and foreign investment projects in accordance with national development strategies.

Jan 12, 2010
JordanAdopted renewable energy law

On 12 January 2010, the Government adopted a Renewable Energy Law designed to make investment faster and easier. The energy and mineral resources Minister, Khalid al-Irani, told at a press conference on 14 January that the law will ...

Jan 08, 2010
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofSupermarket takeover

On 17 January 2010, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ordered the expropriation of Éxito, a Colombian-French supermarket chain. Éxito, which opened in Venezuela in 2001, had already passed under temporary Government ...

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.