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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

Feb 20, 2018
Viet NamIntroduces a Decree providing various investment incentives in Da Nang Hi-Tech Park

A Decree (04/2018/ND-CP) providing some preferential mechanisms and policies for the Da Nang Hi-Tech Park took effect as of 20 February 2018. The incentives include preferential treatment on corporate income tax, incentives on import ...

Feb 15, 2018
United States of AmericaU.S. rejects Chinese-led takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange

On 15 February 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected a takeover of the Chicago Stock Exchange by a group led by Chinese-based investors. SEC said in a statement that the review process had raised questions over ...

Feb 08, 2018
ThailandPasses the Eastern Economic Corridor Act

On 8 February 2018, the National Legislative Assembly passed the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Act. The new act provides incentives such as tax grants, the right to land ownership and the issue of visas. It also sets out the rules ...

Feb 01, 2018
AustraliaTightens the rules on the foreign purchase of agricultural land

On 1 February 2018, the Government announced its policy on purchase of agricultural land by foreign investors. Subject to exceptional circumstances, foreign investors will need to demonstrate that agricultural land they intend to acquire ...

Feb 01, 2018
United Republic of TanzaniaBusiness Registration and Licensing Agency sets up new online platform

The Business Registration and Licensing Agency set up an Online Registration System in February 2018. The new online platform simplifies investment registration processes in Tanzania by significantly reducing the time and costs associated ...

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.