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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)
1 66

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 765 results

May 15, 2010
LiberiaApproves National Investment Commission Act 2010

On 15 May 2010 Liberia approved the National Investment Commission Act 2010, which repeals the National Investment Commission Act of 1979. It, inter alia, oversees implementation of the Investment Act of 2010 and seeks to encourage, ...

May 15, 2010
LiberiaAdopts the Investment Act of 2010

The Investment Act reserves ownership of the following business activities exclusively for Liberians: (a) supply of sand, (b) block making, (c) peddling, (d) travel agencies, (e) retail sale of rice and cement, (f) ice making and sale ...

May 15, 2010
LiberiaEstablishes the National Investment Commission

The National Investment Commission Act oversees the implementation of the Investment Act of 2010, and seeks to encourage, promote and assist in the development of FDI in all sectors of the economy in which it is allowed.

May 14, 2010
UkraineRevokes restrictions on foreign investment

On 14 May 2010, the President signed Law No.2155-VI dated revoking restrictions on foreign investment. In particular, the Law revokes the following restrictions: investing exclusively through investment accounts opened in Ukrainian ...

May 14, 2010
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofNationalizes food company

The President ordered the taking over of the Venezuelan assets of Mexican company Gruma, increasing State control over the distribution and production of basic goods and in an attempt to alleviate food shortages and inflation.

Latest Publications

Publication article
Nov 09, 2017

Eighteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that policy measures taken by G20 Members were mostly geared towards greater openness for foreign investment.

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.