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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 70

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 854 results

Jan 12, 2010
JordanAdopted renewable energy law

On 12 January 2010, the Government adopted a Renewable Energy Law designed to make investment faster and easier. The energy and mineral resources Minister, Khalid al-Irani, told at a press conference on 14 January that the law will ...

Jan 08, 2010
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofSupermarket takeover

On 17 January 2010, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ordered the expropriation of Éxito, a Colombian-French supermarket chain. Éxito, which opened in Venezuela in 2001, had already passed under temporary Government ...

Jan 04, 2010
Syrian Arab RepublicAllows foreign investors to own up to 60% of local banks

On 4 January the Syrian President signed Law No. 3 of 2010 allowing foreign investors to own up to 60 percent of local banks. This measure amended the original 2001 law (No. 28) on private banks that set a 49 percent limit on foreign ...

Jan 02, 2010
MadagascarRemoves foreign exchange restrictions

Madagascar removed restrictions on the transfer of capital in and out of the country (foreign exchange), while requiring a declaration of transfer to be submitted to the authorities or authorized bank.

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.