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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 854 results

May 23, 2018
CanadaCanada eased foreign ownership restrictions in the aviation sector

On 23 May 2018, the Transportation Modernization Act received Royal Assent, amending the Canada Transportation Act by introducing new measures relating to air and railway transportation. Among others, the new Act eased the requirement ...

May 23, 2018
CanadaBlocks Chinese takeover of Aecon on national security concerns

On 23 May 2018, the Canadian government blocked a proposed $1.5 billion acquisition of Canadian construction company Aecon Group Inc. (Aecon), by China Communications Construction Company International Holding Limited (CCCI), a Chinese ...

May 10, 2018
PolandPoland adopted new law on the promotion of investments

As an implementation of the Strategy on the Responsible Development of Poland, a new law on the promotion of investments has been adopted by the Parliament and signed by the President. Its main goal is to substitute the existing incentive ...

May 09, 2018
MyanmarMyanmar liberalises the wholesale and retail sector

On 9 May 2018, the Ministry of Commerce issued Notification 25/2018, which allows 100 per cent foreign ownership of businesses operating in the wholesale and retail sectors (other than “small” convenience stores). However, foreign ...

Apr 28, 2018
ChinaEases rules on foreign investment in securities firms

On 28 April 2018, the Administrative Measures for Foreign-Invested Securities Companies came into effect. The major changes include; (1) allowing foreign investors to be controlling shareholders in joint-venture (JV) securities companies; ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Jul 04, 2018

Nineteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that investment policy measures taken by G20 Members show a mixed picture. While some point towards greater openness for foreign investment and the easing of conditions for international capital flows, especially where enterprise investment is concerned, others introduce new investment restrictions.

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.