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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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Apr 27, 2017
GreeceGreece sells stake of Thessaloniki port to a consortium of German investors

The Greek state transferred 67 percent of the shares of Thessaloniki Port Authority to a consortium of investors via its privatization fund on 27 April 2017. The consortium is led by Deutsche Invest Equity Partners. The German firm ...

Apr 24, 2017
CanadaFurther increases thresholds for foreign investment under the Investment Canada Act

The Investment Canada Act (ICA) threshold for review of direct acquisitions of Canadian businesses by (i) a WTO investor (that is not a state-owned enterprise) and (ii) a non-WTO investor (that is not a state-owned enterprise) where ...

Apr 21, 2017
CanadaOntario Unveils A New 15% Land Transfer Tax

As of 21 April 2017, a Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) is effective. The NRST is a 15% tax on the purchase or acquisition of an interest in residential property located in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region by individuals who ...

Apr 11, 2017
GreeceGreece transfers 14 regional airports to a German consortium

On 11 April 2017 the Greek Agency of Privatization has announced that the management of 14 regional airports will be transferred to the German consortium Fraport AG-Slentel Ltd. The value of the deal is estimated at EUR 1,2 billion. ...

Apr 10, 2017
MyanmarIssues lists on promoted sectors and restricted investment activities

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) issued the list of Promoted Sectors (Notification No. 13/2017) on 1 April 2017 and the list of Restricted Investment Activities (Notification No. 15/2017) on 10 April 2017. According to the ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Jun 30, 2017

Seventeenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that, for the first time in years, the regular inventory of G20 Members' investment policy measures records a relatively greater proportion of restrictions to international investment.

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.