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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

Jun 11, 2018
United KingdomThe United Kingdom strengthens its control over mergers in critical sectors due to national security considerations

The UK government lowered the target company turnover threshold in military, dual-use, computing hardware and quantum technology sectors that trigger UK's merger regime (from £70 million to £1 million). As the merger control and foreign ...

Jun 06, 2018
United Arab EmiratesDubai Executive Council slashes some administrative fees

On 6 June 2018, the Dubai Executive Council approved a stimulus plan to reduce the cost of doing business. The new policy aims to slash "market fees" imposed by Dubai Municipality from 5 per cent to 2.5 per cent, in addition to scrapping ...

Jun 01, 2018
Viet NamIssues a new Decree to remove barriers in commodity exchange

Foreign investors will be allowed to contribute capital to establish commodity exchanges in Viet Nam as per Decree No. 51/2018/ND-CP, which took effect from 1 June 2018. However, their ownership in the exchange should not exceed 49 ...

Jun 01, 2018
NorwayNew National Security Law introduces the control of acquisitions on the basis of national security considerations

The new National Security Law adopted in June 2018 introduces the control of acquisitions of businesses that process classified information or perform activities crucial to basic national functions or possess or manage information, ...

May 30, 2018
Russian FederationRussia adopts new law on the definition of a foreign investor

In June 2018, the Russian President signed the Federal Law on Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation to Specify the Term "Foreign Investor". The new legislation aims at harmonizing the definition of a foreign investor ...

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.