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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 887 results

Jul 11, 2018
AlgeriaAmendment of the investment promotion law

The Complemental Financial Law 2018, adopted on 11 July 2018, repeals the second paragraph of Article 18 of Law No. 16-09 related to the promotion of investment. Article 18 of Law No. 16-09 includes the following provision: The national ...

Jul 06, 2018
SingaporeThe Amount of Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty Raised for Foreigners

Effective 6 July 2018, Singapore changed the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) levied on the occasion of the acquisition of residential property in Singapore. The amount of the ABSD is calculated on the value of the property, and ...

Jul 02, 2018
AustraliaNew Online Application Portal

The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) Application Portal has opened on 2 July 2018. All non-residential applications for foreign investment must now be lodged through this Portal (https:// portal.firb.gov.au/).

Jul 01, 2018
AustraliaSome Australian states increase foreign investors' property surcharges

Some Australian states introduced or increased surcharges on foreign owners and acquirers of residential real estate. In the reporting period, changes came into force for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Queensland and Tasmania: ...

Jun 27, 2018
CanadaTransportation Modernization Act received royal assent

On 23 May 2018, the Transportation Modernization Act received royal assent. Effective 27 June 2018, it amends the Canada Transportation Act and its rules on Canadian ownership and control in fact for Canadian air carriers. Henceforth, ...

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.