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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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Jul 30, 2018
ChinaChina unveils negative list for foreign investment in FTZs

A new negative list for foreign investment in China’s currently 11 Pilot Free Trade Zones became effective 30 July 2018. The list, issued by NDRC and the Ministry of Commerce, further reduces the number of sectors in which restrictions ...

Jul 28, 2018
ChinaSimplifies the negative list for foreign investment

On 28 July 2018, the Special Administrative Measures for Foreign Investment (Negative List) (2018 Edition), issued by the Ministry of Commerce and the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) came into effect, replacing ...

Jul 26, 2018
MyanmarAllows local and foreign investment in mining

Starting from 26 July 2018, local and foreign investment in mining operations in Myanmar will be permitted, following an assessment of the industry’s environmental impacts. However, investors are required to seek permission from the ...

Jul 17, 2018
IndonesiaIssuance of Government Regulation No. 24 of 2018 on Electronic Integrated Business Licensing Services

On 21 June 2018, Indonesia issued Government Regulation No. 24 of 2018 on Electronic Integrated Business Licensing Services (GR No. 24/2018). The change abolishes approval from BKPM (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal, Indonesian Investment ...

Jul 13, 2018
South AfricaProtection of Investment Act came into effect

On 13 July 2018, the Protection of Investment Act came into effect with the publication of the presidential proclamation on the commencement of the Act. The Act, which had been adopted and assented to in 2015, has been passed following ...

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.