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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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There are a total of 929 results

Jan 21, 2019
KazakhstanKazakhstan amended its arbitration rules

A recent law adopted on 21 January 2019 liberalizes the arbitration framework of Kazakhstan and harmonizes it with relevant international conventions and standards. It allows for choosing a foreign law to govern civil relations of ...

Jan 21, 2019
IndiaIndia eases requirements for foreign investment in the certain sectors

According to the notification by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 21 January 2019, foreign companies in defence, telecom, information & broadcasting, and private security sectors will not require the RBI's approval to open branch ...

Jan 10, 2019
EcuadorIntroduction of new regulations to promote investment

On 10 January 2019 the President announced the introduction of new regulations clarifying the application of the Productive Development Law (LFP), originally enacted in August 2018 to encourage investment and generate employment. ...

Jan 07, 2019
QatarNew law regulating foreign investment allows foreign investment up to 100 percent ownership

On 7 January, 2019, Law No.1 of 2019 regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activity became effective, repealing Law No. 13 of 2000. Among the key aspects of the new law are the following: - Foreign investment ...

Jan 01, 2019
PeruIntroduction of corporate tax credits and incentives

Since 1 January 2019, specific rules on tax credits were introduced for domiciled entities. As of 2019, they will be able to deduct various income taxes paid as credit (specific requirements will apply). A special deduction regime ...

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.