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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 03, 2018
IndiaRevises the Model Concession Agreement for PPP Projects in Ports

On 3 January 2018, the Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Model Concession Agreement (MCA) on public-private partnerships (PPP) in the port sector in an effort to make port projects more investor-friendly. Among other things, ...

Dec 29, 2017
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofAdopts new foreign investment law

On 29 December 2017, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela published the new Constitutional Law on Foreign Productive Investment in the Official Gazette Nº 41.310. It aims to establish the principles, policies and procedures that regulate ...

Dec 22, 2017
United States of AmericaU.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (tax reform) signed by the President

The President signed the 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act' into law, aiming to boost investment in the United States and to create jobs. To that end, the bill contains measures that directly affect the investment climate in the United States, ...

Dec 21, 2017
ChinaChina unveils tax exemption to attract foreign investment

On 28 December 2017, four Chinese ministries jointly issued a notice, Circular 88, on the temporary exemption from withholding tax (WHT) on profits of foreign companies that they re-invest in China. Foreign companies must meet a string ...

Dec 21, 2017
New ZealandNew Zealand rejects a Chinese takeover of ANZ bank unit

On 21 December 2017, the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has declined TIP-HNA New Zealand Holdings Limited’s application under the Overseas Investment Act to acquire 100 per cent of the shares in UDC Finance Limited (a subsidiary ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Mar 28, 2018

Investment Policy Monitor No. 19

The Monitor finds that 22 countries took 32 investment policy measures between November 2017 and February 2018. The share of investment restrictions and regulations increased to 29 percent. Compared to the annual figures in recent years, this records the highest ratio since 2010.

Publication article
Dec 05, 2017

Investment Policy Monitor No. 18

The Monitor finds that 38 countries took 60 investment policy measures between May and October 2017. The share of liberalisation, promotion and facilitation measures reached 78 per cent - broadly in line with the average in recent years. Developing countries especially in Asia and Africa took the lead in adopting these policies.