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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 15, 2016
KazakhstanLists the categories of expatriates that do not require work permits

On 15 December 2016, the Government adopted a resolution listing the categories of expatriates that do not require a work permit. These include (1) expatriate heads of branches and representative offices of foreign legal entities; ...

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

On 10 December 2016, the Parliament of Québec passed the Petroleum Resources Act ("Bill No. 106"). Its purpose is to govern the development of petroleum resources while ensuring the safety of persons and property, and environmental ...

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

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 strategy to reduce ...

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

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

Dec 07, 2016
ItalyNew policies aimed to attract foreign investors in Italy (Golden Visa)

On 7 December 2016, the Senate of the Republic approved the annual budget law, which provides an array of norms aimed at increasing the attractiveness of Italy for foreign investors. In particular, the new rules provide for a "golden ...

Latest Publications

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).

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.