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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)
1 64

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 727 results

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 ...

Mar 03, 2017
IndiaRelaxes rules on foreign direct investment in limited liability partnerships (LLPs)

On 3 March 2017, the Reserve Bank of India made amendments to the Foreign Exchange Management Regulations (Transfer or issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India), 2000. According to the new regulations, a company that has ...

Feb 23, 2017
Sri LankaLand Lease Tax not to be levied on foreigners

Sri Lanka's Parliament amended 'the Land (Restrictions on Alienation) Act', removing the 'Land Lease Tax' (up to 15 per cent of the total rental) to foreigners with effect from 8 January 2017. With this amendment, the 'Land Lease Tax' ...

Feb 21, 2017
ThailandLaunches new measures to promote technology-based activities

On 21 February 2017, the Board of Investment (BOI) approved technology-based incentives to enhance the country's technological competitiveness. Key incentives include: (1) Up to 13 years corporate income tax (CIT) exemption to "investment ...

Feb 16, 2017
BeninAn intelligence platform ('iGuide') to facilitate investment launched

In February 2017, the Investment and Export Promotion Agency (APIEX) has officially launched an intelligence platform ('iGuide') to facilitate investment in Benin. It is an on--line tool for directing and informing domestic and foreign ...

Latest Publications

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.

Publication article
Nov 09, 2017

Eighteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that policy measures taken by G20 Members were mostly geared towards greater openness for foreign investment.