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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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Jul 30, 2018
ChinaChina unveils negative list for foreign investment in FTZs

On 30 June 2018, the Ministry of Commerce and National Development and the Reform Commission jointly released a new negative list for free trade zones - The Special Administrative Measures (Negative List) for Foreign Investment Access ...

Jul 17, 2018
IndonesiaIssuance of Government Regulation No. 24 of 2018 on Electronic Integrated Business Licensing Services

On 21 June 2018, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia issued Government Regulation No. 24 of 2018 on Electronic Integrated Business Licensing Services (GR No. 24/2018). In addition to improving the ease of doing business, GR ...

Jul 11, 2018
AlgeriaAmendment of the investment promotion law

The Complemental Financial Law 2018, adopted on 11 July 2018, repeals the second paragraph of Article 18 of Law No. 16-09 related to the promotion of investment. Article 18 of Law No. 16-09 includes the following provision: The national ...

Jul 06, 2018
SingaporeThe Amount of Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty Raised for Foreigners

Effective 6 July 2018, Singapore changed the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) levied on the occasion of the acquisition of residential property in Singapore. The amount of the ABSD is calculated on the value of the property, and ...

Jul 02, 2018
AustraliaNew Online Application Portal

The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) Application Portal has opened on 2 July 2018. All non-residential applications for foreign investment must now be lodged through this Portal (https:// portal.firb.gov.au/).

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.