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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 780 results

Jul 28, 2017
ChinaChina introduces new industrial guidelines for foreign investors

On 28 June 2017, the Chinese government published the Foreign Investment Industrial Guidance Catalogue (2017 Revision), which took effect on 28 July 2017. The new Catalogue reduces the number of restrictions or special administrative ...

Jul 26, 2017
ColombiaModifies its regime for international investments

Following the changes introduced by Decree 119 of 26 of January 2017 on the foreign capital regime in Colombia and Colombian investments abroad, the Central Bank of Colombia published in Bulletin No. 23 of 26 July 2017 amendments to ...

Jul 24, 2017
EgyptPresidential decree establishing Golden Triangle Economic Zone

The President of the Arab Republic of Egypt issued on 24 July 2017 a presidential decree establishing the Golden Triangle Economic Zone. Published in the official gazette under number 341/2017, the decree considers the Golden Triangle ...

Jul 22, 2017
MauritiusAdoption of Economic Development Act, 2017

The Act,which was adopted on 27 July 2017, provides for the establishment of Economic Development Board which aims inter alia to (i) provide strong institutional support for strategic economic planning and ensure greater coherence ...

Jul 19, 2017
Russian FederationAmendments to foreign investment laws for investing in business entities of strategic importance for national defence

On 18 July 2017, the President signed the Federal Law On Amendments to Article 6 of the Federal Law on Foreign Investment in the Russian Federation and to the Federal Law On the Procedure for Foreign Investment in Business Entities ...

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.