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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 12, 2018
LithuaniaLithuanian Parliament adopted new law on national security-related sectors

On 12 January 2018, the parliament adopted an updated version of the Law on Enterprises and Facilities of Strategic Importance to National Security and Other Enterprises of Importance to Ensuring National Security. The Law mainly seeks ...

Jan 11, 2018
ArgentinaEliminates bureaucratic obstacles to attract private investments

On 11 January 2018, the Government published a decree with 170 measures that will eliminate rules and regulations that are considered to reduce the country's competitiveness to attract private investment. Among others, the decree will ...

Jan 10, 2018
United Republic of TanzaniaAdoption of Mining Regulations on Local Content, 2018

Tanzania adopted Mining Regulations on Local Content (2018). The Regulations require an 'indigenous Tanzanian company' to hold an equity participation of at least 20 per cent in a mandatory joint venture arrangement for supply of goods ...

Jan 10, 2018
IndiaFDI policy further liberalized in several sectors

On 10 January 2018, the Union Cabinet approved a number of amendments in the Foreign Direct Investment Policy, mainly intended to liberalise and simplify the policies related to FDI. Among other things, the major changes are: (1) 100% ...

Jan 09, 2018
ChinaChina eases regulations for investors in Free Trade Zones

On 9 January 2018, the State Council issued a notice saying that the Government has decided to ease regulations for enterprises investing in free trade zones (FTZs) to promote reform and opening up. According to the decision, China ...

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.