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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 806 results

Nov 27, 2010
LibyaImplements investment promotion law

In November 2010 the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya implemented Law No. 9 of 2010 on investment promotion. The new regulation inter alia, reaffirms that investment is allowed in all sectors (production and services) except for exploration ...

Nov 25, 2010
SeychellesAdopts Investment Act 2010

Seychelles adopted investment Act 2010, on 25 November 2010 which repeals the 2005 Investment Code, establishes the Seychelles Investment Board, and protects the rights of investors, both domestic and foreign. A Competency Authority ...

Nov 25, 2010
SeychellesAmends the Investment Act

The Investment Act establishes the Seychelles Investment Board and protects the rights of investors, both domestic and foreign. It defines investment areas under two categories, namely "strategic" and "restricted". It reserves certain ...

Nov 24, 2010
MexicoTakes step towards opening oil sector

Mexico has taken steps towards opening up its oil sector to foreign companies with the approval of a new contracting model that lets private companies operate oil fields. Private investors have been barred from the oil sector since ...

Nov 14, 2010
Syrian Arab RepublicAllows private investment in power projects

On 14 November 2010 the President signed a Law 32 of 2010 on the restructuring of the electricity sector. The law had been passed by Parliament one week earlier. The reform will include the establishment of separate entities to take ...

Latest Publications

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.

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.