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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 829 results

Apr 01, 2010
NigeriaAdopts Oil and Gas Industry Development Bill 2010

In April 2010 Nigeria adopted the Oil and Gas Industry Development Act which, inter alia, creates the Nigerian Content Development Agency and ensures that 70 percent of Nigeria's oil and gas production is done locally by 2010.The Act ...

Apr 01, 2010
IndiaAllowing Indian companies' participation in international consortium of building and maintaining submarine cable systems

The Reserve Bank of India allowed Indian companies to participate in a consortium with international operators to construct and maintain submarine cable systems on a co-ownership basis under the automatic route.

Apr 01, 2010
EgyptLaunches Center of Investment Disputes Settlement

Egypt launched a Centre of Investment Disputes Settlement within the Ministry of Investment, which acts as a mechanism for reaching a consensual, speedy and fair settlement of disputes, if the disputing parties agree to resort to the ...

Mar 25, 2010
PanamaNationalizes road concessions

In mid-March the Government announced its decision to assume control over two toll-road concessions awarded in the 1990s. The move came after the publication of findings from an audit, following complaints over pricing and reliability. ...

Mar 10, 2010
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofTakeover thermo generator

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has approved US $50 million to nationalize thermo generator Turboven. The United States power company PSEG holds a 50 percent stake in the power producer, which operates gas-fired ...

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.