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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 843 results

May 31, 2011
PolandSells shares of largest coking coal producer

In June, the Government sold its 33 percent stake in Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa (JSW), the European Union's largest coking coal producer, through an initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE). The company was valued ...

May 30, 2011
Saudi ArabiaAmendments to Law on Real Estate Ownership and Investment by Non-Saudis

Saudi Arabia has eased the Law on Real Estate Ownership and Investment by Non-Saudis, issued by Royal Decree No. (M/15), to allow foreign residents to purchase and own property in the Kingdom.

May 29, 2011
JordanLaunches industrial park

Jordan formally launched a US $228 million industrial estate, the sixth such park that it hopes will rejuvenate the investment sector. The Muaqar Industrial Estate is located on a strategic international highway linking Jordan, Iraq ...

May 27, 2011
IndiaAllows overseas direct investment to write off capital

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that Indian companies having wholly owned subsidiaries abroad or having at least a 51 percent stake in an overseas joint venture are allowed to write off capital or other receivables in respect ...

May 25, 2011
HungaryBuys stakes in oil and gas company

In late May, Hungarian authorities approved the purchase of a 21 percent stake in the country's largest oil and gas company, MOL, from Surgutneftegas (Russia) for €1.88bn (US $2.6 billion). Government regulators also declined to register ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Jul 04, 2018

Nineteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that investment policy measures taken by G20 Members show a mixed picture. While some point towards greater openness for foreign investment and the easing of conditions for international capital flows, especially where enterprise investment is concerned, others introduce new investment restrictions.

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.