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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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Jan 17, 2017
NetherlandsPrivatizes ASR insurance company

On 12 January 2017, the Dutch government announced that it will sell shares of the insurance company ASR up to 13,6% of the total capital of the company. The value of the deal is approximately 451 million Euros at current share prices. ...

Jan 16, 2017
GreecePrivatisation of TrainOSE S.A. railway company

The Greek Court of Auditors approved on 16 January 2017 the sale of the state-owned railway operator TrainOSE to Italian railways Ferrovie dello Stato. The privatisation is part of the bailout deal signed by Greece in 2015. The Greek ...

Jan 12, 2017
TurkeyIntroduced a new citizenship rule to encourage foreign investment

On 12 January 2017, Turkey has published a new citizenship regulation ('The Regulation on the Amendment of the Regulation on the Implementation of the Turkish Citizenship Law') in its Official Gazette. According to the new regulation, ...

Jan 10, 2017
FranceDecrease in the participation of the French State in Engie's capital

The French Government ceded 100 million of shares of Engie (formerly GDF Suez), a global leader in the energy sector, to institutional investors on 10 January 2017. The ceded shares amount to 4,1% of the capital of the firm. The worth ...

Jan 05, 2017
ArgentinaEnds restrictions on repatriation funds

On 5 January 2017, the Government of Argentina ended a required holding period for foreign capital of 120 days to repatriate funds that foreign investors had moved into the country. The finance ministry said in a statement it had eliminated ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Nov 22, 2016

Investment Laws: A Widespread Tool for the Promotion and Regulation of Foreign Investment

For many countries investments laws are a core policy tool to promote and regulate investment. Together with international investment agreements (IIAs), they constitute the basic legal framework for cross-border investment in many countries. Often, these laws and IIAs contain similar provisions.

Publication article
Nov 10, 2016

Sixteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

​The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that, overall, G20 Members have refrained from raising new barriers to investment as reiterated in their commitment at the Hangzhou summit in September 2016.