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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 877 results

Oct 27, 2011
ArgentinaImposes restrictions on foreign investment of insurance companies

The Government ordered insurance companies to repatriate all of their investments abroad before of the end of year 2011. Only under exceptional circumstances could certain types of investments be authorized to remain abroad, and in ...

Oct 26, 2011
ArgentinaEnds exceptional regime for foreign exchange revenues in mining, oil and gas sectors

The Government approved legislation that mandates to exchange revenues in foreign currency from exports in the oil, gas and mining sectors in local financial institutions. The measure ends an exceptional situation that differentiated ...

Oct 13, 2011
ChinaReleases administrative rules on settlement of business related to yuan-based FDI

The People's Bank of China released the Administrative Rules on Settlement Business of Foreign Direct Investment Denominated in RMB to regulate banks’ handling of settlement business of foreign direct investment denominated in RMB. ...

Oct 10, 2011
IndiaEnabling regulations for brownfield FDI in the pharma sector

India decided that FDI proposals for mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical sector would have to be routed through the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for the next six months, after which they would be monitored by ...

Oct 01, 2011
United KingdomApproves privatization of Royal Mail

Following agreement by both Houses, the Bill on privatization of the British Royal Mail Group (Royal Mail) received Royal Assent on 13 June 2011 and came into force on 1 October 2011. The coalition Government aims to begin the privatization ...

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.