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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

Jan 01, 2010
IndiaIntroduces FDI restrictions

The Indian Government prohibited FDI in manufacturing of cigars, cigarettes, cigarillos as well as tobacco and tobacco substitutes for both domestic consumption and export; the measure also concerns production in tax-free special economic ...

Jan 01, 2010
AlgeriaAdopted public procuration decree

Algeria adopted a public procurement decree in July 2010, which increases the preference margin for local firms to 25 percent from 15 percent. Algerian firms competing with foreign bidders will win the contract even if its bid is up ...

Jan 01, 2010
AustraliaRelaxed review process for foreign investment

The Government replaced the four lowest thresholds for private business investment ($100 million, $110 million, $200 million and $219 million) with a single threshold of 15 percent in a business worth $219 million. The Government committed ...

Jan 01, 2010
AustraliaClarification of the application of foreign acquisition law

The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act was amended to clarify that the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 applies equally to all foreign investments irrespective of the way they are structured.The amendments are intended ...

Jan 01, 2010
AustraliaApproval needed mining in Womera Prohibited Area

The Minister of Defence announced that any prospective mining investment proposals in the Womera Prohibited Area (weapon testing range) involving foreign investment requires Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval. Applicants ...

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.