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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 67

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 780 results

Aug 23, 2010
PhilippinesStrengthening of the National Economic Research and Business Action Center

The Board of Invesment strengthens the NERBAC as one-stop-shop for counselling foreign investors regarding their decisions to enter the Philippine market.

Aug 18, 2010
GuatemalaApproved public-private partnership law

The Congres of Guatemala aproved the Public Private Partnership Law through Decree 16-2010 ("Ley de Alianzas para el Desarrollo"), which was published in the Official Gazette on 18 August 2010. The objective is this law is to create ...

Aug 17, 2010
LebanonOpens its offshore areas for the first time to oil and natural-gas exploration

On 17 August 2010 Lebanon's Parliament approved a law that opens its offshore areas for the first time to oil and natural-gas exploration. Large discoveries of gas in the Eastern Mediterranean have sparked a debate between Lebanon ...

Aug 12, 2010
Russian FederationCreates a new Special Economic Zone in the Samar region

On 12 August 2010 the Russian Government adopted resolution No.621 establishing a new industrial Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Samar region with a view to attracting both domestic and foreign investors particularly in the car-making ...

Aug 10, 2010
LibyaEstablishment and modernisation of the Zouara-Ras Ajdir development region

The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya adopted Law No. 14 of 2010 concerning the establishment and modernisation of the Zouara - Ras Ajdir development region, which, inter alia, grants tax incentives and immunities to investors and investments ...

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.