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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)
1 61

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 713 results

Jan 01, 2010
CanadaLiberalizes ownership of communication satellites

The Jobs and Economic Growth Act implements some of the tax provisions in Budget 2010 and removes existing restriction on foreign ownership of Canadian satellites, increasing competition the telecommunications sector.

Jan 01, 2010
CanadaRejects BHP bid to buy Potash Corp

The Minister of Industry announced the decision to block the $39-billion US takeover of Potash Corp. This is the second foreign takeover ever turned down under the Invest Canada Act (1985). The only other case was the federal Government's ...

Jan 01, 2010
CanadaSets new tresholds for review of FDI from WTO countries

The thresholds for review of foreign investment proposals from investors from WTO-member countries was set in 2010 at a value of CAD 299 million, down from CAD 312 million in 2009, marking the first decline since 1997. Pursuant to ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChileBanking regulator opens rules for foreign banks

The Chilean banking regulator (SBIF) has published new rules after Congress approved the third stage of the ongoing capital market reform, known as MKIII, in August, aiming to give more flexibility to foreign banks with representative ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaIntroduces the registration of foreign companies’ resident representative offices

The Chinese Government issued the "Notice on Further Administration of Registration of Foreign Companies’ Resident Representative Offices" that introduced new regulations for the administration of representative offices of foreign ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Mar 16, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 17

The Investment Policy Monitor finds that thirty three countries took 49 investment policy measures in the review period (October 2016 – February 2017).