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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
ChinaIntroduces the registration of foreign companies’ resident representative offices

The Chinese Government issued the "Notice on Further Administration of Registration of Foreign Companies’ Resident Representative Offices" that introduced new regulations for the administration of representative offices of foreign ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaDelegates the power to approve foreign-invested projects to the provincial level

The competent commerce authorities and national economic and technological development zones of provinces, autonomous areas, municipalities directly under the central Government, cities specifically designated in the state plan, Xinjiang ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaAllows fully foreign-owned hospitals

The Government announced a circular allowing fully foreign-owned hospitals to be established on the Chinese mainland. Initially foreign investment will be permitted on a pilot basis with priority for investment from Hong Kong, Taiwan ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaIncreases monitoring foreign investment in the real estate sector

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) urged local authorities to increase checks and supervision on property investment that involved foreign investors and strengthen risk controls. According to the statement, foreign-funded developers are ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaRevises registration of foreign-invested partnership enterprises

The State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) released a new order on the registration of foreign-invested partnership enterprises effective 1 March 2010. The registration would be managed by local industrial and commercial ...

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.