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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 01, 2017
IcelandLiberalization of capital control on Krona-denominated assets

The Icelandic Parliament passed a Law removing capital controls on households and businesses. Among the measures that entered into force on 1 January 2017 are: (1) Foreign outward direct investment is unrestricted but subject to confirmation ...

Dec 30, 2016
ChinaSupreme Court provides enterprises in free trade zones (FTZs) more options for arbitration

China's Supreme People's Court issued a notice entitled "Supreme People's Court Opinions on the Provision of Judicial Safeguards for the Construction of Pilot Free Trade Zones". Among other measures, it provides enterprises registered ...

Dec 29, 2016
GreecePrivatization of the Kassiopi site in Corfu

On 29 December 2016, the Greek Government finalized the privatization of the Kassiopi site, located in the Corfu island. The New York-based NCH Capital Inc. will acquire a leasehold of the site and will invest an estimated amount of ...

Dec 28, 2016
IsraelIntroduces 'Innovation Visa' program

The Government of Israel announced the launch of a new incentive programme - 'Innovation Visas for foreign entrepreneurs' - in order to attract innovative foreign entrepreneurs. As part of this program, entrepreneurs will be able to ...

Dec 19, 2016
CanadaGovernment releases guidelines of its national security review of investments

On 19 December 2016, the Government issued guidelines concerning its national security review of investments. The release of the guidelines is meant to give greater clarity to companies looking to invest in Canada. Inter alia, the ...

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).