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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 887 results

Nov 27, 2010
Russian FederationAdopts privatization programme for 2011-2013

On 27 November 2010, the Government adopted Decision No. 2102-r which contains the privatization programme for 2011-2013. Over the three years, the Government plans to offer for sale stakes in more than 1,000 enterprises. Of those, ...

Nov 27, 2010
LibyaImplements investment promotion law

In November 2010 the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya implemented Law No. 9 of 2010 on investment promotion. The new regulation inter alia, reaffirms that investment is allowed in all sectors (production and services) except for exploration ...

Nov 25, 2010
SeychellesAdopts Investment Act 2010

Seychelles adopted investment Act 2010, on 25 November 2010 which repeals the 2005 Investment Code, establishes the Seychelles Investment Board, and protects the rights of investors, both domestic and foreign. A Competency Authority ...

Nov 25, 2010
SeychellesAmends the Investment Act

The Investment Act establishes the Seychelles Investment Board and protects the rights of investors, both domestic and foreign. It defines investment areas under two categories, namely "strategic" and "restricted". It reserves certain ...

Nov 24, 2010
MexicoTakes step towards opening oil sector

Mexico has taken steps towards opening up its oil sector to foreign companies with the approval of a new contracting model that lets private companies operate oil fields. Private investors have been barred from the oil sector since ...

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.