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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 854 results

Apr 01, 2018
SlovakiaSlovakia adopted new law in the field of investment aid

The Act on Regional Investment Aid, which entered into force on 1 April 2018, provides a new schema for granting aid and incentives to investors. It specifies that only three categories of projects may be subsidized, including: industrial ...

Mar 29, 2018
ChinaIntroduces "Measures for the Overseas Transfers of Intellectual Property Rights (trial)"

On 29 March 2018, the State Council Measures for the Overseas Transfers of Intellectual Property Rights (trial) entered into effect. Released on 18 March 2018, the Measures set out review procedures for the transfer of intellectual ...

Mar 23, 2018
GreeceConcludes sale of 67 per cent of the shares in Thessaloniki port

On 23 March 2018, the Greek government concluded the sale of a 67 per cent stake in the country's second largest port ("Thessaloniki Port") to a German-led consortium. The total value of this deal was EUR 1.1 billion.

Mar 20, 2018
AngolaInvestment super-agency established

In a presidential decree issued in March 2018, Angola dissolved the Unidade Técnica para o Investimento Privado (UTIP), the Agência para a Promoção de Investimento de Exportações de Angola (APIEX) and the Unidade Técnica de Apoio ao ...

Mar 12, 2018
United States of AmericaGovernment halts an acquisition deal for national security reasons

U.S. President Donald Trump issued an order to block the planned takeover of Qualcomm Inc., a microchip firm, by Broadcom (Singapore). With a value of $ 117 billion, the acquisition of Qualcomm would have been the biggest deal in the ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Jul 04, 2018

Nineteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that investment policy measures taken by G20 Members show a mixed picture. While some point towards greater openness for foreign investment and the easing of conditions for international capital flows, especially where enterprise investment is concerned, others introduce new investment restrictions.

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.