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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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There are a total of 727 results

Mar 31, 2017
PortugalPortugal transfers Novo Banco to Lone Star Funds

On 31 March 2017, the Portuguese Government reached an agreement to sell 75% stake of Novo Banco to the U.S. private-equity firm Lone Star Funds LP. The deal is estimated to amount to USD 1.07 billion. Novo Banco has been established ...

Mar 30, 2017
MyanmarMyanmar introduces the "Myanmar Investment Rules"

On 30 March 2017, the Ministry of Planning and Finance published the 'Myanmar Investment Rules' (Notification 35/2017), as a follow-up to the new Myanmar Investment Law enacted in October 2016. Most of the amendments are re-phrasing ...

Mar 27, 2017
IndiaExpands applicability of "small target exemption" under the Competition Act

On 27 March 2017, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs issued a notification, extending the scope of the "small target exemption" under the Competition Act to include transactions structured as merger or amalgamation. Previously, the ...

Mar 23, 2017
NigeriaIntroduction of "visa on arrival" facility for foreign investors

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) introduced in March 2017 a new online "Visa on Arrival" (VOA) facility to the public, especially to foreign investors willing to invest in Nigeria. The measure was part of the resolution of the ...

Mar 22, 2017
Côte d'IvoireSale of state miner Sodemi's 30 percent stake

The Government of Ivory Coast has approved, in March 2017, the sale of state miner Sodemi's 30 percent stake in the Ity gold project to Canada's Endeavour Mining and a group of investors, including Didier Drogba Group. Endeavour will ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Nov 09, 2017

Eighteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that policy measures taken by G20 Members were mostly geared towards greater openness for foreign investment.