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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 823 results

Feb 01, 2018
AustraliaTightens the rules on the foreign purchase of agricultural land

On 1 February 2018, the Government announced its policy on purchase of agricultural land by foreign investors. Subject to exceptional circumstances, foreign investors will need to demonstrate that agricultural land they intend to acquire ...

Feb 01, 2018
United Republic of TanzaniaBusiness Registration and Licensing Agency sets up new online platform

The Business Registration and Licensing Agency set up an Online Registration System in February 2018. The new online platform simplifies investment registration processes in Tanzania by significantly reducing the time and costs associated ...

Feb 01, 2018
AustraliaAustralia tightens foreign investment rules on the sale of electricity assets

On 1 February 2018, the Government announced that all future applications for the sale of electricity transmission and distribution assets, and some generation assets will attract ownership restrictions or conditions for foreign buyers. ...

Jan 25, 2018
PeruAuthorizes a foreign investment mining company to operate in the border area

By Supreme Decree 011-2018-PCM of 25 January 2018, the Government of Peru declared private investment in mining activities of public necessity and authorized a mining company with foreign and Peruvian investors ("Sociedad Minera San ...

Jan 18, 2018
UkraineParliament adopts the Bill on privatization of public property

On 18 January 2018, the Parliament adopted the Bill on the Privatization of Public Property. The law aims to make the privatization process more transparent and faster for investors. For example, the law establishes a time period of ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Dec 05, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 18

The Monitor finds that 38 countries took 60 investment policy measures between May and October 2017. The share of liberalisation, promotion and facilitation measures reached 78 per cent - broadly in line with the average in recent years. Developing countries especially in Asia and Africa took the lead in adopting these policies.