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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 897 results

Dec 19, 2018
GermanyGermany expands the scope of its FDI screening regime

At the end of 2018, the German government amended the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance in order to expand the scope of its FDI screening mechanism. Firstly, the amendment lowers the foreign ownership threshold from 25% to 10% in ...

Dec 13, 2018
BrazilAllows 100 per cent of foreign capital in airlines

On 13 December 2018, Brazil adopted a temporary decree allowing Brazilian airlines to have 100 per cent participation of foreign capital. This lifted the previous 20 per cent limit on foreign investment in Brazilian airlines.

Nov 29, 2018
FranceFrance extends its foreign investment screening

By decree No. 2018-1057 of 29 November 2018 on foreign investments subject to prior authorization, the French Government extended the scope of foreign investment screening to cover new sectors and industries "essential to guaranteeing ...

Nov 25, 2018
ChinaChina Releases Nationwide Negative List

On 25 December 2018, China released a new negative list for market entrance of 2018, which contains 151 items that companies are banned from accessing or need to acquire a license beforehand, marking the first time China introduced ...

Nov 19, 2018
MyanmarMyanmar establishes new investment ministry

The Union Assembly, on 19 November 2018, approved the formation of a new ministry called the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations. The new ministry is expected to promote local and foreign investments, protect the ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Dec 07, 2018

Investment Policy Monitor No. 20

The new Monitor finds that 29 countries took 49 investment policy measures from May to October 2018. The ratio of new investment restrictions and regulations stood at 30 percent over the first ten months of 2018, which is the highest figure since 2010.

Publication article
Nov 22, 2018

Twentieth 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.