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Investment Policy Monitor

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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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There are a total of 725 results

Jan 01, 2010
AustraliaClarification of the application of foreign acquisition law

The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act was amended to clarify that the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 applies equally to all foreign investments irrespective of the way they are structured.The amendments are intended ...

Jan 01, 2010
AustraliaApproval needed mining in Womera Prohibited Area

The Minister of Defence announced that any prospective mining investment proposals in the Womera Prohibited Area (weapon testing range) involving foreign investment requires Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval. Applicants ...

Jan 01, 2010
BhutanIntroduces negative list for FDI

Bhutan introduced a "negative list" of sectors closed to foreign investment, all other activities shall remain open to FDI. 100 percent foreign ownership is allowed in certain activities such as education, health, hotel & resorts ...

Jan 01, 2010
Bolivia, Plurinational State ofBolivia nationalizes pension system

Bolivia's Government has agreed on a bill to nationalize the country's pension system. The bill was agreed after four years of negotiations with trade union leaders. It will dismantle the two private pension funds that have adMinistered ...

Jan 01, 2010
Bolivia, Plurinational State ofNationalization Swiss mineral trader Glencore

The Bolivian Government nationalized an antimony trioxide plant owned by the local unit of Swiss mineral trader Glencore. The Government cited inactivity and lack of investment as reasons for the takeover. Bolivia is a minor producer ...

Latest Publications

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.

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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.

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