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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 17, 2017
ChinaChina issues guidelines to attract foreign investment

On 17 January 2017, the State Council issued the "Circular On Several Measures on Expanding the Opening to and Active Use of Foreign Investment". The Circular sets out the guidelines for the country's policies on attracting FDI. The ...

Jan 17, 2017
NetherlandsPrivatizes ASR insurance company

On 12 January 2017, the Dutch Government sold shares of the insurance company ASR up to 13.6 per cent of its total capital. The value of the deal is approximately EUR 451 million at current share prices. The deal will involve institutional ...

Jan 16, 2017
GreecePrivatisation of TrainOSE S.A. railway company

The Greek Court of Auditors approved the sale of the state-owned railway operator TrainOSE to Italian railways Ferrovie dello Stato. The privatisation is part of the bailout deal signed by Greece in 2015. The Greek Government committed ...

Jan 12, 2017
TurkeyIntroduced a new citizenship rule to encourage foreign investment

Turkey published new rules on citizenship ('The Regulation on the Amendment of the Regulation on the Implementation of the Turkish Citizenship Law') in its Official Gazette. Accordingly, foreigners will be able to acquire Turkish citizenship ...

Jan 10, 2017
FranceDecrease in the participation of the French State in Engie's capital

The French Government ceded 100 million of shares of Engie (formerly GDF Suez), a global leader in the energy sector, to institutional investors. The ceded shares amount to 3.7 per cent of the capital of the firm. The worth of the ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Mar 16, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 17

The Investment Policy Monitor finds that thirty three countries took 49 investment policy measures in the review period (October 2016 – February 2017).