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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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Sep 23, 2018
United Arab EmiratesNew Foreign Direct Investment Law for the UAE

The President of UAE, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued Decree No.19 of 2018 on Foreign Direct Investment. The new FDI law provides a framework for the UAE Cabinet to permit foreign shareholders to own up to 100 per cent ...

Sep 23, 2018
United Arab EmiratesForeign Direct Investment Unit is to be established

The President of the UAE, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued Decree No.19 of 2018 on Foreign Direct Investment. According to the law, a Foreign Direct Investment Unit is to be established in the Ministry of Economy, which ...

Sep 10, 2018
IndonesiaMinimum equity requirement for foreign investors to use OSS system reduced from 10 billion to 2.5 billion

The minimum equity requirement for foreign investment companies to register on and use the Online Single Submission (OSS) portal, which used to be IDR 10 billion, has been reduced to IDR 2.5 billion reportedly as of 10 September 2018, ...

Sep 04, 2018
EthiopiaLifting of restrictions on logistics industry reserved exclusively for Ethiopians

The Ethiopian Investment Board has decided to lift the investment restriction in the logistic industry, which was exclusively reserved for Ethiopian nationals. The Decision lifts the restrictions imposed under Article 3.1(b) of the ...

Aug 22, 2018
CubaOpens railway sector to foreign operators

On 22 August 2018, Cuba has adopted regulations that will allow foreign operators to manage Cuba's railway system, which has been exclusively State-run since its nationalization 60 years ago.

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.