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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 698 results

Feb 01, 2017
TunisiaBill on tax incentives passed

The House of People's Representatives passed a Bill on tax incentives on 1 February 2017. The Bill aims to streamline and simplify the tax incentive system by focusing on those (incentives) that reflect the priorities of the next period, ...

Jan 31, 2017
Korea, Republic ofRevised tax enforcement decrees focusing on fostering new growth industries

The State Council revised 19 tax enforcement decrees. Among others, the following are introduced to foster new growth industries: (1) The Government increased the research and development (R&D) tax credit rate on new growth industries ...

Jan 26, 2017
ColombiaModernizes foreign investment regime

On 26 January 2017, the Government of Colombia issued Decree 119 updating the country's investment regime. One of the most significant changes of the decree is the elimination of registration deadlines. It also redefines the concept ...

Jan 21, 2017
AzerbaijanEstablishes a single online portal for the issuance of business licenses and permits

On 21 January 2017, the President approved the regulations on the "Licenses and Permits portal", which establish a single online portal for the issuance of business licenses and permits. The portal is operated by the Ministry of Economy. ...

Jan 17, 2017
UzbekistanSimplifies procedures for the privatization of state-owned assets

On 17 January 2017, the President issued a decree "On measures to simplify and accelerate the privatization of state-owned assets for business purposes". The decree intends to create favourable conditions for doing business, simplify ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Mar 16, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 17

The Investment Policy Monitor finds that thirty three countries took 49 investment policy measures in the review period (October 2016 – February 2017).