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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 698 results

Jan 05, 2017
ArgentinaEnds restrictions on repatriation funds

On 5 January 2017, Argentina ended a required holding period for foreign capital of 120 days to repatriate funds that foreign investors had moved into the country.

Jan 01, 2017
KazakhstanNew rules and procedures for expatriate work permits and inter-corporate transfers

New rules on the application and extension of work permits for expatriate employees became effective on 1 January 2017. Inter alia, the new regulations (1) reduce the time required to review work permit applications from at least one ...

Jan 01, 2017
IndonesiaIncrease of minimum local content requirement for smartphones

From 1 January 2017, the minimum local content requirement - both in hardware as well as software - for domestically-produced 4G smartphones that are sold in the Indonesian market has been increased to 30 per cent. Previously, the ...

Jan 01, 2017
ZimbabweIncentives for investment in Special Economic Zones

In his 2017 national budget statement, presented to the Parliament on 8 December 2016, the Finance Minister stated that Zimbabwe will provide various kinds of tax incentives to investors including, inter alia, (i) exemption from corporate ...

Jan 01, 2017
Viet NamAmends the list of conditional business lines

The National Assembly has passed Law No. 03/2016/QH14 amending the list of conditional business lines in the Law on Investment. Companies operating in conditional business lines must satisfy certain "business conditions" (e.g. technical, ...

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).