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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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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 823 results

Mar 31, 2011
ItalyDecree allows interventionism to prevent foreign takeovers of strategic companies

Legislative Decree 34/2011 was issued in March 2011 to allow Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA (CDP) to acquire either shares or quotas of companies that are deemed to be "of national interest" - that is, companies that operate in a strategic ...

Mar 28, 2011
OmanEstablishes Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Exports Development

Oman enacted Royal Decree No. 52/2011 to establish the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Exports Development. This decree amended Royal Decree No. 59/96 in order to reorganize investment promotion in the country.

Mar 18, 2011
PanamaRepeals mining reform

Following weeks of protests from indigenous and environmentalist groups, as well as the release of polls showing that 75 percent of the population was opposed to the legislation, Panama repealed a recent law (Law 8, 11 February 2011) ...

Mar 07, 2011
Cape VerdeLiberalizes the Legal Regime for the Provision of Services

The Government approved a set of principles and rules governing free access to the market by service providers. The goal of the new legal framework is to guarantee the freedom of establishment of services providers irrespective of ...

Mar 07, 2011
PhilippinesLaunches Public-Private Partnership Center

On 7 March 2011, the Philippines launched its Public-Private Partnership Center. The Center will facilitate the coordination and monitoring of the PPP programs and projects. Under relevant Philippine laws (Build-Operate-Transfer Law ...

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.