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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 829 results

May 07, 2011
UzbekistanExempts the operator of the Uzbek part of the “Central Asia – China” gas pipeline from mandatory sale of foreign currency

The President of Uzbekistan signed a resolution exempting the operator of the Uzbek part of the “Central Asia – China” gas pipeline from mandatory sale of revenues received in foreign currency. The operator is a 50/50 Uzbek-China joint ...

May 05, 2011
ItalyPasses decree on investment facilitation and tax break for R&D

The Government decree (decreto sviluppo) approved by the Cabinet on 5 May 2011 includes an easing of planning restrictions on property extensions and renovations, a reduction in red tape for companies bidding in public works projects ...

Apr 28, 2011
PakistanSigns International Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Bill 2011

On 28 April 2011, President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari signed the International Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Bill 2011. The Government of Pakistan has already signed and ratified the international convention on ...

Apr 01, 2011
IndiaAdopts consolidated FDI Policy Circular

India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had adopted the Consolidated FDI Policy Circular 1 of 2011. Under the updated circular on FDI policies, which is effective from 1 April 2011, the Government has decided to abolish ...

Apr 01, 2011
BrazilAdopts new reinsurance rules

According to Resolution 224 issued by Brazil's National Council of Private Insurance (Conselho Nacional de Seguros Privados) in December 2010, reinsurers that are authorised to operate within Brazil are prohibited from transferring ...

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.