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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 737 results

Jul 04, 2017
UkrainePromulgates list of state enterprises to be privatized

On 4 July 2017, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade published a list of state enterprises, organizations and institutions that will either remain in state ownership or will be transferred to concessions, privatized or liquidated. ...

Jun 28, 2017
Russian FederationAmendments to the Russian Strategic Investments Law pertaining to transactions involving offshore companies

On 28 June 2017, the Federation Council adopted Federal Law No. 155-FZ amending, inter alia, the Federal Law No. 57-FZ "On the Procedure for Making Foreign Investments in Business Entities of Strategic Importance to National Defense ...

Jun 26, 2017
MexicoAllows more foreign investment in air transportation

On 26 June 2017, the Government of Mexico published in the official Gazette a reform to the Foreign Investment Law, which allows participation of foreign investment in regular and non-regular domestic air transport service, non-scheduled ...

Jun 15, 2017
South AfricaGovernment adopted Mining Charter 2017 which raises black ownership threshold for mining firms

The new Charter raises the minimum threshold for black ownership of mining companies to 30 percent from 26 percent. According to the Minister of Mineral Resources of South Africa, companies have 12 months to meet the new 30 percent ...

Jun 12, 2017
MyanmarAllows foreigners to trade in some industries even without Joint Ventures with Myanmar citizens

On 12 June 2017, the Ministry of Commerce issued Notification 36/2017 to permit foreign companies to engage in trading of fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, hospital equipment, and construction materials. Previously, only local companies ...

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.