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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 843 results

May 15, 2010
LiberiaEstablishes the National Investment Commission

The National Investment Commission Act oversees the implementation of the Investment Act of 2010, and seeks to encourage, promote and assist in the development of FDI in all sectors of the economy in which it is allowed.

May 14, 2010
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofNationalizes food company

The President ordered the taking over of the Venezuelan assets of Mexican company Gruma, increasing State control over the distribution and production of basic goods and in an attempt to alleviate food shortages and inflation.

May 14, 2010
UkraineRevokes restrictions on foreign investment

On 14 May 2010, the President signed Law No.2155-VI dated revoking restrictions on foreign investment. In particular, the Law revokes the following restrictions: investing exclusively through investment accounts opened in Ukrainian ...

May 13, 2010
KuwaitPrivatization of power and water desalination plants

The Parliament of Kuwait passed a privatization law, opening the door for transferring public-sector assets to local and foreign private ownership, and the establishment of new, private-sector companies in which the Government has ...

Apr 30, 2010
PolandPrivatization of insurance company

The Government of Poland, together with Eureko, a Dutch insurer, sold a 30 percent stake in PZU, central Europe's largest insurance company in an 8bn zlotys IPO, the largest in Europe since December 2007. About 20 percent of Poland's ...

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.