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

On 19 December 2016, the Canadian 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 ...

Dec 10, 2016
CanadaFramework regulation on the exploitation of hydrocarbons in Quebec

On 10 December 2016, the Parliament of Quebec passed hydrocarbon legislation ("Bill No. 106") in order to establish a new legal framework concerning the exploitation of oil and gases within the Province. It is likely to open up shale ...

Dec 09, 2016
PolandBlocks the sale of local heating and electricity assets owned by France's utility EDF for energy security reasons

On 14 December 2016, the Polish Ministry of Energy announced to block the sale of local heating and electricity assets currently owned by France's utility EDF. The decision is based on energy security reasons and is part of a broader ...

Dec 07, 2016
Italy300 percent increase in the tax credit for those businesses engaged in R&D

Business engaged in research & development will benefit from a 300 percent increase in tax credit.These benefits apply to any kind of businesses, regardless to their dimension, business activity or legal structure. The new measure ...

Dec 07, 2016
Russian FederationGovernment partially privatizes oil producing company Rosneft

On 7 December 2016, the Government sold a 19.5% stake in the State-owned company Rosneft for USD 11.3 billion to Qatar's sovereign wealth fund and commodities trader Glencore. The 19.5% stake is equally split between the two acquirers. ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Nov 22, 2016

Investment Laws: A Widespread Tool for the Promotion and Regulation of Foreign Investment

For many countries investments laws are a core policy tool to promote and regulate investment. Together with international investment agreements (IIAs), they constitute the basic legal framework for cross-border investment in many countries. Often, these laws and IIAs contain similar provisions.

Publication article
Nov 10, 2016

Sixteenth Report on G20 Investment Measures

​The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that, overall, G20 Members have refrained from raising new barriers to investment as reiterated in their commitment at the Hangzhou summit in September 2016.