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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 688 results

Jan 01, 2017
IcelandLiberalization of capital control on Krona-denominated assets

On 11 October 2016, the Icelandic Parliament passed a Law removing currency controls that were put in place in 2008. The measures will entry into force on 1 January 2017 and they encompass, inter alia: 1) an increase of the ceiling ...

Dec 30, 2016
ChinaSupreme Court provides enterprises in free trade zones (FTZs) more options for arbitration

On 30 December 2016, China's Supreme People's Court issued a notice entitled "Supreme People's Court Opinions on the Provision of Judicial Safeguards for the Construction of Pilot Free Trade Zones". Among other measures, it provides ...

Dec 30, 2016
FrancePrivatisation of the Airport of Nice

On 28 October 2016, as part of the enforcement of the 2015 "Loi Macron" concerning, inter alia, the privatisation of state-owned assets, the French minister of Transport, Alain Vidalies, signed a decree that transfers the state-owned ...

Dec 29, 2016
GreecePrivatization of the Kassiopi site in Corfu

On 29 December 2016, the Greek government has finalized the privatization of the Kassiopi site, located in the Corfu island. The New York-based NCH Capital Inc. will acquire a 99-year lease of the site and it will be committed to invest ...

Dec 28, 2016
IsraelIntroduces 'Innovation Visa' program

On 28 December 2016, Israel announced the launch of a new Incentive Program – 'Innovation Visas for foreign entrepreneurs' - in order to attract innovative foreign entrepreneurs. As part of this program, entrepreneurs will be able ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Nov 22, 2016

Investment Laws: A Widespread Tool for the Promotion and Regulation of Foreign Investment

For many countries investments laws are a core policy tool to promote and regulate investment. Together with international investment agreements (IIAs), they constitute the basic legal framework for cross-border investment in many countries. Often, these laws and IIAs contain similar provisions.

Publication article
Nov 10, 2016

Sixteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

​The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that, overall, G20 Members have refrained from raising new barriers to investment as reiterated in their commitment at the Hangzhou summit in September 2016.