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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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Jun 08, 2017
ArmeniaParliament approves privatization plan for 2017-2020

On 8 June 2017, the Parliament adopted the bill on the "State Property Privatization Program 2017-2020". The bill sets a list of 47 state-owned companies, 23 of which were already included in the 2006-2007 privatization program, to ...

May 24, 2017
IndiaCabinet decides to abolish the Foreign Investment Promotion Board

On 24 May 2017, the Union Cabinet approved the phasing out of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Previously, applications for FDI requiring government approval were considered by the FIPB, resulting in a recommendation. ...

May 23, 2017
ChinaFurther opens automobile and other high-end manufacturing industries to foreign investment

A revised guidance catalogue for foreign investment was adopted on 23 May 2017 at the 35th session of the Central Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform, chaired by President Xi Jinping. It will reduce restrictions on foreign ownership ...

May 23, 2017
UkraineCancels the requirement for the registration of foreign investment and simplifies rules on the employment of foreigners

On 23 May 2017, the Parliament adopted Law №4541 "On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning the reduction of barriers to foreign investment (to cancel the registration of foreign investments and changes in the rules ...

May 20, 2017
MauritiusBusiness Facilitation Act 2017 comes into force

The new Business Facilitation Act 2017, which came into force on 20 May 2017, aims to eliminate regulatory and administrative bottlenecks to investment. The law addresses seven key areas, namely Starting a Business, Registering Property, ...

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.