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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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Mar 07, 2011
PhilippinesLaunches Public-Private Partnership Center

On 7 March 2011, the Philippines launched its Public-Private Partnership Center. The Center will facilitate the coordination and monitoring of the PPP programs and projects. Under relevant Philippine laws (Build-Operate-Transfer Law ...

Mar 03, 2011
TurkeyTurkey introduced a new meadia law

On 3 March 2011, a new media law came into effect. Among other provisions, the law increases the allowed foreign ownership limit to 50% in up to two media companies. Indirect holdings are not covered by these limits. The previous, ...

Mar 03, 2011
ChinaCommerce ministry issues procedual guidelines for national security review

On 3 March 2011, a State Council General Office circular dated 3 February 2011 entered into effect. The circular establishes a joint ministerial committee to review foreign acquisitions or mergers with domestic firms. The committee, ...

Mar 03, 2011
Country N/AApproves full foreign ownership in economic zones around Abu Dhabi Airport

The Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi approved a resolution allowing 100 percent foreign ownership of investments around the Abu Dhabi airport. The decree was passed in order to encourage more foreign investment and further ...

Mar 01, 2011
ChinaChina enacted new "Regulations on Administration of Registration of Resident Offices of Foreign Enterprises"

On 1 March 2011, the "Regulations on Administration of Registration of Resident Offices of Foreign Enterprises" entered into effect. The Regulations, which replace rules dating back to 1983, govern a broad range of subjects, including ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Dec 05, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 18

The Monitor finds that 38 countries took 60 investment policy measures between May and October 2017. The share of liberalisation, promotion and facilitation measures reached 78 per cent - broadly in line with the average in recent years. Developing countries especially in Asia and Africa took the lead in adopting these policies.