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Hub News Article Oct 26, 2015

14th UNCTAD Investment Policy Monitor Released

The Monitor finds that twenty-five countries took forty-one investment policy measures in the review period (June 2015–September 2015). The share of liberalization and promotion measures reached eighty-five per cent. All investment promotion measures granted tax incentives for investments or facilitated investment procedures. New investment restrictions for foreign investors were mainly based on strategic or national security considerations.

Regarding international investment policies, the Monitor finds that eleven countries concluded seven new international investment agreements (IIAs). These include four bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and three "other IIAs". Negotiations were concluded for seven IIAs, including the megaregional Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and negotiations are ongoing for numerous other investment treaties.