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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 823 results

Mar 01, 2011
KazakhstanAdopts law on state-owned property

Kazakhstan adopted the Law on State-Owned Property which legalizes nationalization of private properties. According to the law, private properties can be nationalized in extreme cases such as threats to national security. Kazakh President ...

Feb 24, 2011
LesothoRegulates land holdings by foreign enterprises

Land Regulation No. 21 of 2011 provides the procedure for regulating the holding of land by foreign enterprises. In this respect, it provides that an application for allocation of land by a foreign enterprise must be lodged with the ...

Feb 12, 2011
CanadaSets new thresholds for review for WTO member investors

Pursuant to the Investment Canada Act ("the Act"), new thresholds for review for WTO member investors must be determined and become effective on January 1 of every year. The amount is equivalent to the growth in Nominal Gross Domestic ...

Feb 08, 2011
BahamasApproves privatization of Bahamas Telecommunications Co (BTC)

On 6 April, the Government completed the privatization of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), with the sale of 51 percent of the shares to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC). It received US $210 million from CWC, and ...

Feb 04, 2011
SwedenSweden sells government shares in Nordea bank.

The Swedish government raised 19 billion kronor ($2.94 billion) by selling part (6.3%) of its holding in Nordea Bank AB in its first sale of state-owned corporate assets after the elections.

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.