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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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Aug 05, 2017
Viet NamOffers various incentives to boost investment in Hanoi Hi-Tech Park

On 20 June 2017, the Government issued Decree 74/2017/ND-CP (Decree 74), which provides some preferential mechanisms and policies for the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park (HTP). The Decree introduces various incentives including preferential tax ...

Aug 04, 2017
ChinaChina Publishes Guidelines on Overseas Investments

The State Council of China has released guidelines on overseas investment on 18 August 2017, clarifying China's latest regulatory approach towards Chinese overseas investments. According to the document, China encourages domestic enterprises ...

Aug 03, 2017
SingaporeIntroduced an enhanced visa scheme to attract promising foreign startup talents

Effective from 3 August 2017, Singapore introduced an enhanced 'EntrePass' scheme to attract global startup talents to build innovative businesses. The new scheme has broadened the evaluation criteria for global startup founders to ...

Aug 03, 2017
NigeriaFederal Government grants ‘Pioneer Status’ to Nigerian creative industry

The Minister of Information and Culture issued a statement on 3 August 2017 to disclose that the Federal Government has granted ‘Pioneer Status’ to the Nigerian creative industry. The ‘Pioneer Status’ is granted to companies making ...

Jul 30, 2017
ChinaMOFCOM revises the Rules for Foreign-Invested Enterprises (“FIEs”)

On 30 July 2017, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) issued Decree No. 2 of 2017 with amendments to the existing Administrative Interim Measures on Record Filing for the Establishment of and Changes to Foreign-Invested Enterprises ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Jun 30, 2017

Seventeenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that, for the first time in years, the regular inventory of G20 Members' investment policy measures records a relatively greater proportion of restrictions to international investment.

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.