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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 725 results

Jan 01, 2010
IndiaIncrease of screening threshold

India increased the thresholds for approval procedures for inward investments. The new rules foresee that inward investment proposals worth up to INR 12 billion would be considered by the Minister of Finance, up from INR 6 billion. ...

Jan 01, 2010
IndiaConsolidated FDI regulation

The Indian Government has simplified some of the foreign direct investment policies. It has decided that from now on a consolidated circular would be issued every six months to update the FDI policy. Furthermore, new industries to ...

Jan 01, 2010
IndiaIntroduces FDI restrictions

The Indian Government prohibited FDI in manufacturing of cigars, cigarettes, cigarillos as well as tobacco and tobacco substitutes for both domestic consumption and export; the measure also concerns production in tax-free special economic ...

Jan 01, 2010
AlgeriaAdopted public procuration decree

Algeria adopted a public procurement decree in July 2010, which increases the preference margin for local firms to 25 percent from 15 percent. Algerian firms competing with foreign bidders will win the contract even if its bid is up ...

Jan 01, 2010
AustraliaRelaxed review process for foreign investment

The Government replaced the four lowest thresholds for private business investment ($100 million, $110 million, $200 million and $219 million) with a single threshold of 15 percent in a business worth $219 million. The Government committed ...

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.