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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

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 ...

Jan 01, 2010
BhutanIntroduces negative list for FDI

Bhutan introduced a "negative list" of sectors closed to foreign investment, all other activities shall remain open to FDI. 100 percent foreign ownership is allowed in certain activities such as education, health, hotel & resorts ...

Jan 01, 2010
Bolivia, Plurinational State ofBolivia nationalizes pension system

Bolivia's Government has agreed on a bill to nationalize the country's pension system. The bill was agreed after four years of negotiations with trade union leaders. It will dismantle the two private pension funds that have adMinistered ...

Jan 01, 2010
Bolivia, Plurinational State ofNationalization Swiss mineral trader Glencore

The Bolivian Government nationalized an antimony trioxide plant owned by the local unit of Swiss mineral trader Glencore. The Government cited inactivity and lack of investment as reasons for the takeover. Bolivia is a minor producer ...

Jan 01, 2010
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSimplification registration of foreign investments

On 14 June 2010, Bosnia and Herzegovina published amendments to the Law on Direct Foreign Investment Policy. Foreign investors are no longer required to register their individual investments at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic ...

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.