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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 929 results

Jan 01, 2019
PanamaNew law to amend multinational headquarters regime

The Government, with a view to enhancing the advantages offered to multinational headquarters for establishing and operating offices inside of the national territory, has enacted Law no. 57 of 2018 to amend Law no. 41 of 2007, which ...

Jan 01, 2019
CameroonAdoption of 2019 Finance Law

The 2019 Finance Law, which was enacted on 11 December 2018 as Law No.2018/022, includes the following tax regulations, among others: • Reduction of the withholding tax due on capital gains earned on the disposal of real property ...

Jan 01, 2019
Korea, Republic ofAbolishing tax incentive for foreign direct investment

Certain tax incentives, which were available for foreign investments have been abolished, effective from 2019. Previously, foreign direct investment enjoyed up to seven years tax reduction on their income tax or corporate tax on condition ...

Dec 31, 2018
MexicoSpecial tax incentives for businesses in border zone

On 31 December 2018, the Government published a Decree with tax incentives for businesses operating in the northern border zone of Mexico for 2019 and 2020. These incentives include tax credits, which effectively reduce the income ...

Dec 31, 2018
ItalyChanges to tax incentives under 2019 budget law

Italy’s 2019 budget law (Law No. 145/2018), which was published in the official gazette on 31 December 2018, contains a number of measures related to tax incentives, including changes to the research and development (R&D) tax credit ...

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.