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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

Oct 23, 2018
Saudi ArabiaForeign investment allowed in four more sectors

Four more sectors are now open to foreign investment in Saudi Arabia: (1) Recruitment and employment services, (2) Real estate brokerage, (3) Audiovisual and media services, and (4) Land transport services. The changes are effective ...

Oct 22, 2018
New ZealandPrevention of certain people from overseas from buying residential property

The Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2018, which was to amend the Overseas Investment Act 2007, came into force on 22 October 2018. The changes prevent certain overseas people from buying residential property in New Zealand. With ...

Oct 11, 2018
HungaryHungary introduces national security review of foreign investments

On 11 October 2018, the Law on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security has been published in the official Hungarian gazette. It introduces a national security-related screening mechanism ...

Sep 30, 2018
ChinaChina exempts foreign investors from withholding tax on certain re-investments

On 30 September 2018, the Ministry of Finance and three other government departments jointly announced a circular, which has widened the policy exempting overseas investors from withholding income tax on the re-investments made in ...

Sep 26, 2018
AustraliaRevised guidance on foreign purchases of agricultural land

On 25 September 2018, the Australian government issued revised guidelines on the application of the requirement for an open and transparent sale process for foreign purchases of agricultural land, a requirement that had been made explicit ...

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.