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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 688 results

Jan 01, 2017
KazakhstanLists the categories of expatriates that do not require work permits

On 15 December 2016, the Government adopted a resolution listing the categories of expatriates that do not require a work permit. These include (1) expatriate heads of branches and representative offices of foreign legal entities; ...

Jan 01, 2017
KazakhstanNew rules and procedures for expatriate work permits and inter-corporate transfers

The rules, which entered into force on 1 January 2017, (1) reduce the time required to review work permit applications from 30 to 7 days, (2) introduce application fees between USD 800 to 1'500, and (3) stipulate that the ratio of ...

Jan 01, 2017
IndonesiaIncrease of minimum local content requirement for smartphones

From 1 January 2017, the minimum local content requirement - both in hardware as well as software - for domestically-produced 4G smartphones has been increased to 30 per cent. This regulation was originally adopted in July 2015 by ...

Jan 01, 2017
ZimbabweIncentives for investment in Special Economic Zones

In his 2017 national budget statement, presented to the Parliament on 8 December 2016, the Finance Minister stated that Zimbabwe will provide various kinds of tax incentives to investors including, inter alia, (i) exemption from corporate ...

Jan 01, 2017
Viet NamAmends the list of conditional business lines

The National Assembly has passed Law No. 03/2016/QH14 amending the list of conditional business lines in Annex 4 of the Law on Investment. Companies operating in conditional business lines must satisfy certain “business conditions”, ...

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.