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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 71

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 866 results

Sep 01, 2010
Korea, Republic ofMore incentives to foreign investors in special economic zones

The Ministry of Knowledge Economy announced that at least 10 percent of the land in each free economic zone will be allocated to foreign companies, with rental fees to be reduced by 75 percent to even 100 percent, depending on the ...

Aug 23, 2010
PhilippinesStrengthening of the National Economic Research and Business Action Center

The Board of Invesment strengthens the NERBAC as one-stop-shop for counselling foreign investors regarding their decisions to enter the Philippine market.

Aug 18, 2010
GuatemalaApproved public-private partnership law

The Congres of Guatemala aproved the Public Private Partnership Law through Decree 16-2010 ("Ley de Alianzas para el Desarrollo"), which was published in the Official Gazette on 18 August 2010. The objective is this law is to create ...

Aug 17, 2010
LebanonOpens its offshore areas for the first time to oil and natural-gas exploration

On 17 August 2010 Lebanon's Parliament approved a law that opens its offshore areas for the first time to oil and natural-gas exploration. Large discoveries of gas in the Eastern Mediterranean have sparked a debate between Lebanon ...

Aug 12, 2010
Russian FederationCreates a new Special Economic Zone in the Samar region

On 12 August 2010 the Russian Government adopted resolution No.621 establishing a new industrial Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Samar region with a view to attracting both domestic and foreign investors particularly in the car-making ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Jul 04, 2018

Nineteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that investment policy measures taken by G20 Members show a mixed picture. While some point towards greater openness for foreign investment and the easing of conditions for international capital flows, especially where enterprise investment is concerned, others introduce new investment restrictions.

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.