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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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Mar 20, 2017
MontenegroGovernment sells public stakes in rail and port companies to a Polish investor

On 20 March 2017 the Government's Council for Privatization and Capital Projects announced that it had finalized the sale of state-owned shares in one of the country's major port operators, Luka Bar, and a rail cargo firm, Montecargo, ...

Mar 20, 2017
ChinaChina Revises Catalogue of Priority Industries for Foreign Investment in the Central and Western Regions

On 17 February 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) jointly released Order No. 33 of 2017 - Revision of Catalogue of Priority Industries for Foreign Investment in Central ...

Mar 17, 2017
South AfricaNational Invest One-Stop Shop launched

The One Stop Shop launched on 17 March 2017 is a focal point of the government to shorten and simplify administrative procedures and guidelines for foreign companies wishing to invest in South Africa. It brings together key government ...

Mar 16, 2017
BrazilPrivatizes four airports

On 16 March 2017, Brazil awarded three European groups the rights to operate four airports. The companies committed to investing at least 6.61 billion Reais in the airports and to paying the government an additional 2.26 billion Reais ...

Mar 08, 2017
AlgeriaSix executive decrees published detailing the application of the 2016 investment promotion law

In March 2017, the government has published six executive decrees detailing the application of a new investment law. The six regulations provide, among other things, details of the registration process for businesses taking advantage ...

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).