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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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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 854 results

Mar 10, 2018
Congo, Democratic Republic of theAdoption of a mining code

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo signed, on 10 March 2018, a new mining code into law. The new law will increase royalties on copper from 2% to 3.5%, on gold from 2.5% to 3.5% and could potentially increase royalties ...

Mar 07, 2018
UkraineNew Privatization Law adopted

The new Privatization Law entered into force on 7 March 2018. It simplifies the privatization of almost 3.500 State-owned enterprises, extends its scope and brings the process to international standards. The law includes certain provisions ...

Mar 01, 2018
ChinaNDRC's Measures for the Administration of Outbound Investment by Enterprises came into effect

On 1 March 2018, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)'s Measures for the Administration of Outbound Investment by Enterprises (Regulation No.11) came into effect. The rules, which were issued on 26 December 2017 after ...

Feb 26, 2018
Saudi ArabiaExtends foreign investment licensing period

On 26 February 2018, the General Investment Authority of Saudi Arabia extended the licensing period for foreign investors to five years - up from the current one year. The licensing period can also be renewed upon expiry of the five-year ...

Feb 21, 2018
CanadaBritish Columbia increased the additional property transfer tax on residential property transfers to foreign entities

Effective 21 February 2018, the Canadian Province of British Columbia increased the additional property transfer tax on residential property transfers to foreign entities, to 20%, up from 15%, and extended its territorial application ...

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.