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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 897 results

Aug 21, 2018
EcuadorApproves Law on Productive Development, Attraction of Investments and Generation of Employment

On 21 August 2018, the Government of Ecuador approved the Law on Productive Development, Attraction of Investments and Generation of Employment establishing new incentives to promote Foreign Direct Investment. The law also provides ...

Aug 13, 2018
United States of AmericaThe Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018

On 13 August 2018 changes to the foreign investment review process under the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) came into effect. The changes, set out in sections 1701 and following of the Foreign Investment ...

Aug 03, 2018
EthiopiaAdvisory Council on Privatization of State-owned Companies Established

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia has set up in August 2018 an Advisory Council, which oversees the process of privatizing large state-owned enterprises. The establishment of the Council aims to implement the decision of the Executive ...

Aug 02, 2018
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofLegalizes money exchanges

On 2 August 2018, Venezuela legalized money exchange operations to relax the currency controls imposed by the Government first introduced in 2003. The Decree seeks to reinforce guarantees for individuals and legal entities, whether ...

Aug 02, 2018
CubaModifications to the Investment Law

On 2 August 2018, Cuba adopted Decree No. 347 and Resolutions No. 206 and 207 containing modifications of the complementary rules of Law No. 118 on Foreign Investment. With these amendments Cuba aims to speed up the procedures for ...

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.