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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 61

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 713 results

Jan 01, 2010
BrazilRestricts the sale of farm land for foreign investors

The Brazilian Government approved a rule proposed by the federal Government attorney that restricts the sale of farm land to foreign investors. Under the rule, a foreign investor or even a local company, with more than a 50 percent ...

Jan 01, 2010
BulgariaReduction of investment thresholds and state aid for high-tech industries

The Government adopted amendments to the Regulations for the Application of the Investment Encouragement ACT (adopted in March 2010). The changes provide for State aid to foreign investors, reimbursing up to 50 percent of their spending ...

Jan 01, 2010
Burkina FasoAmendment of Investment Code

On 29 January 2010, Burkina Faso adopted Law No 7 of 2010 which amends/repeals articles 4, 6, 7, 24, 26, 28, 29 and 31 of the 1995 Investment Code, and its subsequent amendments. The new law added banking, financial services, and telecommunication ...

Jan 01, 2010
CambodiaForeign ownership property law approved

The Foreign Ownership Property Law has been approved. In keeping with the ban on foreign land ownership, the law gives foreigners the right to buy real estate at least one floor above the ground.

Jan 01, 2010
CameroonAmendment to the 2010 Budget

Cameroon amended its Budget 2010, to, inter alia, raise the limit on public stakes in commercial banks above the ceiling of 20 percent proscribed by the law passed in July 1997.

Latest Publications

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.

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).