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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)
1 72

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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 897 results

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaAllows fully foreign-owned hospitals

The Government announced a circular allowing fully foreign-owned hospitals to be established on the Chinese mainland. Initially foreign investment will be permitted on a pilot basis with priority for investment from Hong Kong, Taiwan ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaIncreases monitoring foreign investment in the real estate sector

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) urged local authorities to increase checks and supervision on property investment that involved foreign investors and strengthen risk controls. According to the statement, foreign-funded developers are ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaRevises registration of foreign-invested partnership enterprises

The State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) released a new order on the registration of foreign-invested partnership enterprises effective 1 March 2010. The registration would be managed by local industrial and commercial ...

Jan 01, 2010
ChinaEstablishment of a security scrutiny system for mergers and acquisitions involving foreign capital

The Opinions that the State Council released on 6 April 2010 called for a swift establishment of a security scrutiny system for mergers and acquisitions involving foreign capital.

Jan 01, 2010
CroatiaPrivatization of six shipyards

Following numerous consultations with European Commission representatives, experts, and shipyard administrations and trade unions, the Government started teh privatization of six shipyards with the publication of a public tender through ...

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.