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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 71

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 866 results

Jan 01, 2010
EcuadorTake over Petrobras oil fields

After the new hydrocarbons law came into effect earlier this year, many oil comapnies have renegotiated their contracts. However, Brazil's national oil company Petrobras refused to renegotiate their contract. As a result Ecuador has ...

Jan 01, 2010
EcuadorNew hydrocarbons law

The Government of Ecuador put into effect a new hydrocarbons law on July 27th. The Law will force private oil companies to renegotiate their contracts from a production-sharing to a service arrangement, and will give effective control ...

Jan 01, 2010
EgyptLaunch of center of investment disputes settlement

Egypt launched a Centre of Investment Disputes Settlement within the Ministry of Investment. It will act as a mechanism for reaching a consensual speedy and fair settlement of disputes, if the disputing parties agree to resort to the ...

Jan 01, 2010
EgyptPassed public-private partnership law

Egypt passed the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Law 67/2010, which targets key areas of the country's infrastructure, such as agriculture and irrigation, education, industrial development, roads and transport, and water and sanitation. ...

Jan 01, 2010
FranceNew transfer pricing documentation requirements

The Finance Act for 2009 introduces new French transfer pricing documentation requirements concerning large corporations located in France (i.e. annual turnover or amount of gross assets exceeding € 400 million). In respect with this ...

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.