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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 737 results

May 18, 2017
NigeriaExecutive Order on the Promotion of Transparency and Efficiency in the Business Environment

The Executive Order, which was signed by the Acting President on 18 May 2017, requires all ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) of the federal government to publish a complete list of requirements (including fees) on their ...

May 09, 2017
KenyaNew regulations impose local content requirements on mining companies

Kenya introduced new Regulations which require holders of existing mineral rights to submit to the Cabinet Secretary for Mining (CS) procurement plans which must (i) set target levels of local procurement based on a procurement list ...

May 09, 2017
AustraliaAustralia's Budget 2017-18 unveils several changes to foreign investors

On 9 May 2017, the Australian Treasury has published Budget 2017-18, including changes to the foreign investment rules and a range of further amendments that aim to streamline Australia’s foreign investment framework. The Budget ...

May 04, 2017
AngolaInternet-based licensing system launched

The Angolan Ministry of Industry will launch, by end of May 2017, a new system of application, which enables national and foreign investors to apply for industrial licenses via the Internet. The new system reduces the waiting time ...

May 03, 2017
BelgiumBelgium transfers part of its shares of BNP Paribas

On 3 May 2017, the Belgian Ministry of Finance announced that the Belgian state will transfer part of its participation in the capital of the French Group BNP Paribas. The country will keep a strategic participation in the French group ...

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.