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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 719 results

May 04, 2017
AngolaInternet-based licensing system launched

The Angolan Ministry of Industry will launch, by end of May 2017, a new system of application, which enables national and foreign investors to apply for industrial licenses via the Internet. The new system reduces the waiting time ...

May 03, 2017
BelgiumBelgium transfers part of its shares of BNP Paribas

On 3 May 2017, the Belgian Ministry of Finance announced that the Belgian state will transfer part of its participation in the capital of the French Group BNP Paribas. The country will keep a strategic participation in the French group ...

Apr 27, 2017
GreeceGreece sells stake of Thessaloniki port to a consortium of German investors

The Greek state transferred 67 percent of the shares of Thessaloniki Port Authority to a consortium of investors via its privatization fund on 27 April 2017. The consortium is led by Deutsche Invest Equity Partners. The German firm ...

Apr 24, 2017
CanadaFurther increases thresholds for foreign investment under the Investment Canada Act

The Investment Canada Act (ICA) threshold for review of direct acquisitions of Canadian businesses by (i) a WTO investor (that is not a state-owned enterprise) and (ii) a non-WTO investor (that is not a state-owned enterprise) where ...

Apr 11, 2017
GreeceGreece transfers 14 regional airports to a German consortium

On 11 April 2017 the Greek Agency of Privatization has announced that the management of 14 regional airports will be transferred to the German consortium Fraport AG-Slentel Ltd. The value of the deal is estimated at EUR 1,2 billion. ...

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).