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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 70

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 843 results

Feb 01, 2018
AustraliaAustralia tightens foreign investment rules on the sale of electricity assets

On 1 February 2018, the Government announced that all future applications for the sale of electricity transmission and distribution assets, and some generation assets will attract ownership restrictions or conditions for foreign buyers. ...

Jan 25, 2018
PeruAuthorizes a foreign investment mining company to operate in the border area

By Supreme Decree 011-2018-PCM of 25 January 2018, the Government of Peru declared private investment in mining activities of public necessity and authorized a mining company with foreign and Peruvian investors ("Sociedad Minera San ...

Jan 18, 2018
UkraineParliament adopts the Bill on privatization of public property

On 18 January 2018, the Parliament adopted the Bill on the Privatization of Public Property. The law aims to make the privatization process more transparent and faster for investors. For example, the law establishes a time period of ...

Jan 15, 2018
Viet NamIntroduces a new regulation on foreign investment in goods trading activities

On 15 January 2018, the Government issued Decree 9/2018 on goods trading activities of foreign investors and foreign invested enterprises. Basically, the new Decree provides clarity on business license requirements, regulatory time ...

Jan 12, 2018
LithuaniaLithuanian Parliament adopted new law on national security-related sectors

On 12 January 2018, the parliament adopted an updated version of the Law on Enterprises and Facilities of Strategic Importance to National Security and Other Enterprises of Importance to Ensuring National Security. The Law mainly seeks ...

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.