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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 823 results

Dec 18, 2017
Viet NamSells majority stake in a state brewer

On 18 December 2017, Thai Beverage, through its local subsidiary, purchased a 54 per cent stake in Sabeco, Viet Nam's largest brewer and a State-Owned Enterprise. It is reported that this has been Viet Nam's largest privatisation sale ...

Dec 15, 2017
New ZealandNew Zealand Government tightens screening procedures for foreign acquisitions of sensitive land

The Government issued a Ministerial directive letter tightening the screening procedures for sensitive land acquisitions by foreign investors. For examples, when assessing overseas investment in 'rural land', the Overseas Investment ...

Dec 13, 2017
IndonesiaIntroduces a new capital investment regulation on licensing and facilities

On 13 December 2017, the Indonesian Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) issued a regulation (Reg. 13/2017) that sets out, among other things, new rules governing how to obtain investment approvals. It mainly simplifies the process ...

Dec 08, 2017
UkraineApproves list of companies for privatization in 2018

On 8 December 2017, Ukraine's State Property Fund (SPF) approved a list of almost 100 enterprises eligible for privatization in 2018. The list includes heat and power plants (such as the Mykolaiv, Dniprovska, Kherson and Kryvy Rih ...

Dec 07, 2017
ZimbabweRemoval of majority indigenisation threshold, except for diamonds and platinum

The Government amended the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act (2008) to remove the majority indigenisation threshold, except for diamonds and platinum. The proposed amendments will confine the 51/49% indigenisation threshold ...

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.