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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 765 results

May 13, 2010
KuwaitPrivatization of power and water desalination plants

The Parliament of Kuwait passed a privatization law, opening the door for transferring public-sector assets to local and foreign private ownership, and the establishment of new, private-sector companies in which the Government has ...

Apr 30, 2010
PolandPrivatization of insurance company

The Government of Poland, together with Eureko, a Dutch insurer, sold a 30 percent stake in PZU, central Europe's largest insurance company in an 8bn zlotys IPO, the largest in Europe since December 2007. About 20 percent of Poland's ...

Apr 29, 2010
Burkina FasoIntroduces regional investment incentives

The new law added incentives to invest more than 50km from the urban centres of Ougadougou and Bobo Dioulasso, and abolished the permanent tax exonerations.

Apr 23, 2010
MalaysiaDeregulation of property acquisition by foreign interests

The Foreign Investment Committee(FIC) will only process transactions involving the dilution of Bumiputera (Malay indigenous people) interests and/or Government interests in properties valued at RM 20 million and above. All other property ...

Apr 23, 2010
NigeriaAdopts the Oil and Gas Industry Development Act 2010

The new Oil and Gas Industry Development Act creates, inter alia, the Nigerian Content Development Agency and seeks to ensure that 70 percent of Nigeria's oil and gas production is done locally by 2010. The Act stipulates that priority ...

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.