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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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There are a total of 698 results

Jan 01, 2010
CroatiaPrivatization of six shipyards

Following numerous consultations with European Commission representatives, experts, and shipyard administrations and trade unions, the Government started teh privatization of six shipyards with the publication of a public tender through ...

Jan 01, 2010
CyprusExpands one-stop-shop

Cyprus established a "Point of Single Contact" in oder to upgrade and expand the existing One-Stop Shop operating within the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, as provided in the Services Directive. The Law 76(I) 2010 implements ...

Jan 01, 2010
EcuadorTake over Petrobras oil fields

After the new hydrocarbons law came into effect earlier this year, many oil comapnies have renegotiated their contracts. However, Brazil's national oil company Petrobras refused to renegotiate their contract. As a result Ecuador has ...

Jan 01, 2010
EcuadorNew hydrocarbons law

The Government of Ecuador put into effect a new hydrocarbons law on July 27th. The Law will force private oil companies to renegotiate their contracts from a production-sharing to a service arrangement, and will give effective control ...

Jan 01, 2010
EgyptLaunch of center of investment disputes settlement

Egypt launched a Centre of Investment Disputes Settlement within the Ministry of Investment. It will act as a mechanism for reaching a consensual speedy and fair settlement of disputes, if the disputing parties agree to resort to the ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Mar 16, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 17

The Investment Policy Monitor finds that thirty three countries took 49 investment policy measures in the review period (October 2016 – February 2017).

Publication article
Nov 22, 2016

Investment Laws: A Widespread Tool for the Promotion and Regulation of Foreign Investment

For many countries investments laws are a core policy tool to promote and regulate investment. Together with international investment agreements (IIAs), they constitute the basic legal framework for cross-border investment in many countries. Often, these laws and IIAs contain similar provisions.