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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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There are a total of 780 results

Aug 25, 2017
Dominican RepublicCreates ProDominicana to attract foreign investment

On 25 August 2017, the Dominican Republic established ProDominicana by Decree number 275-17. The institution is tasked with the promotion and facilitation of exports and foreign direct investment in the country. The Export and Investment ...

Aug 07, 2017
NigeriaList of 27 new industries added to the list of pioneer status incentives

On 7 August 2017, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) published the list of 27 new industries eligible to enjoy the pioneer status incentive in Nigeria. Notable inclusions to the list are e-commerce ...

Aug 07, 2017
EgyptNew law to end state monopoly of natural gas market

The new law signed by the President of Egypt in August 2017 provides for the setting up of a natural gas regulatory authority charged with licensing and devising a plan to open the gas market to competition. The law allows for the ...

Aug 07, 2017
Saudi ArabiaAllows 100 per cent foreign ownership of engineering firms

On 7 August 2017, the Cabinet decided to allow foreign companies full ownership of engineering services companies and associated consultancy. In order to qualify, a company needs to meet two conditions: (1) at least 10 years have passed ...

Aug 05, 2017
JordanJordan simplified registering and licensing regulations

On 5 August 2017, the Jordan Investment Commission (JIC) has simplified regulations to stimulate investment and improve the business environment. The reformed regulations cut down the number of committees needed for investment approval, ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Jun 30, 2017

Seventeenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that, for the first time in years, the regular inventory of G20 Members' investment policy measures records a relatively greater proportion of restrictions to international investment.

Publication article
Apr 26, 2017

IPM Special Issue: Promoting investment in the digital economy

The digital economy – the application of internet-based digital technologies to the production and trade of goods and services – is becoming an ever more important part of the global economy. UNCTAD’s Special Issue of the Investment Policy Monitor shows that, even though promoting investment in the digital economy is a priority for almost all countries, there is a need to strengthen the investment dimension in digital strategies and improve policy coordination.