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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 01, 2010
Russian FederationPrivatization of share-packets in ten large State-owned companies

Russia's has provisionally approved a list of State-owned companies in which the Government will sell part of its stake over the course of 2011-13. The Government aims to raise nearly US $30 billion over the three-year period. This ...

Jan 01, 2010
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofNationalizes agricultural company

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela decreed the expropriation of land belonging to the Spanish-Venezuelan agricultural company Agroislena. In his comments, the President said Agroislena was selling products at inflated ...

Jan 01, 2010
JordanTax breaks to the ICT sector

In July 2010 the Cabinet exempted from income tax exported ICT services, including computer services, as well as economic feasibility studies and services related to legal, engineering and audit consultation. Companies providing broadband ...

Jan 01, 2010
IndonesiaAdministrative reform programme

The Investment Coordinating Board of Indonesia is taking over the issuance of permits and licenses from 15 other Government departments to simplify and speed up bureaucratic procedures. The time needed for these bureaucratic procedures ...

Jan 01, 2010
IndonesiaIntroduces FDI liberalizations

The new Presidential regulation liberalized several industries including the cyclamate and saccharine industries, the construction industry, film and health service sectors and electricity generation sector.

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.