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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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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 719 results

Apr 10, 2017
Lao People's Democratic RepublicPromulgates a newly-amended law on Investment Promotion

Lao PDR has recently promulgated a new Investment Promotion Law, strengthening incentives to attract investment in promoted industries and hardship areas. The law passed the National Assembly in November 2016. According to the law, ...

Apr 04, 2017
UkraineEases temporary foreign exchange restrictions

On 4 April 2017, the National Bank of Ukraine approved Resolution No. 30 "On Amendments to NBU Board Resolution No. 410 of 13 December 2016". The resolution reduces the requirement for the mandatory sale of companies' foreign currency ...

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 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
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).