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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 854 results

Jun 08, 2010
Taiwan, Province of ChinaRevises Offshore Banking Act

The Taiwanese Parliament passed a revision of the “Offshore Banking Act” to boost the development of the economy as a regional financial center. The income that overseas investors earn from investments in structured products through ...

Jun 07, 2010
KyrgyzstanNationalizes one of the country’s largest banks

On 7 June 2010 the Head of the Provisional Government of Kyrgyzstan signed a Decree to nationalize “AsiaUniversalBank”, one of the country’s largest banks, which held the funds of many Government agencies. The bank is 66 percent foreign-owned ...

May 26, 2010
KuwaitPrivatization of water desalination plants

On 26 May 2010 Kuwait's Parliament passed a law to set up private companies to build new power and water desalination plants. The legislation stipulates that 50 percent of the company shares will be sold to Kuwaitis in an initial public ...

May 18, 2010
EgyptAdopts public-private partnership law

Law 67/2010 targets key areas of the country's infrastructure, such as agriculture and irrigation, education, industrial development, roads and transport, and water and sanitation. The law allows investments to take place under either ...

May 15, 2010
LiberiaApproves National Investment Commission Act 2010

On 15 May 2010 Liberia approved the National Investment Commission Act 2010, which repeals the National Investment Commission Act of 1979. It, inter alia, oversees implementation of the Investment Act of 2010 and seeks to encourage, ...

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.