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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

Jun 22, 2010
Bosnia and HerzegovinaAmends foreign investment law

The Foreign Investment Law was amended to eliminate FDI registration at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations. Foreign investors now only need to register their company at a court. The amended law also allows foreign ...

Jun 18, 2010
LibyaEstablishes the Zouara-Ras Ajdir development region

Law No. 14 of 2010 establishes and modernises the Zouara-Ras Ajdir development region and, inter alia, grants tax incentives and immunities to investors and investments in this zone and allows English to be used as the official language. ...

Jun 14, 2010
LesothoAdopts land act

The Land Act 2010 allows foreign enterprises to hold title to land for investment purposes, provided that Basotho (nationals), whose land may be valued so that it may form part of the shareholding in such a partnership, constitute ...

Jun 08, 2010
Taiwan, Province of ChinaRevises Offshore Banking Act

The Taiwanese Parliament passed a revision of the “Offshore Banking Act” to boost the development of the economy as a regional financial center. The income that overseas investors earn from investments in structured products through ...

Jun 07, 2010
KyrgyzstanNationalizes one of the country’s largest banks

On 7 June 2010 the Head of the Provisional Government of Kyrgyzstan signed a Decree to nationalize “AsiaUniversalBank”, one of the country’s largest banks, which held the funds of many Government agencies. The bank is 66 percent foreign-owned ...

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.