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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

Apr 29, 2010
Burkina FasoIntroduces regional investment incentives

The new law added incentives to invest more than 50km from the urban centres of Ougadougou and Bobo Dioulasso, and abolished the permanent tax exonerations.

Apr 23, 2010
MalaysiaDeregulation of property acquisition by foreign interests

The Foreign Investment Committee(FIC) will only process transactions involving the dilution of Bumiputera (Malay indigenous people) interests and/or Government interests in properties valued at RM 20 million and above. All other property ...

Apr 23, 2010
NigeriaAdopts the Oil and Gas Industry Development Act 2010

The new Oil and Gas Industry Development Act creates, inter alia, the Nigerian Content Development Agency and seeks to ensure that 70 percent of Nigeria's oil and gas production is done locally by 2010. The Act stipulates that priority ...

Apr 16, 2010
Taiwan, Province of ChinaRevises the negative list for investment

Taiwan, Province of China approved a revision of the “Negative List for Investment in Mainland China”,which opened up 11 types of mainland Chinese investment to four categories of Taiwanese enterprises: agriculture, manufacturing, ...

Apr 15, 2010
ZimbabweAdopt Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulation 2010

Zimbabwe adopted the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulation 2010 (Statutory Instrument 21 of 2010) in March 2010. Inter alia, it requires companies operating in Zimbabwe to provide specified information to the ...

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.