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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

Jun 20, 2018
IndiaFDI Policy Clarification on Food Product Retail Trading

On 20 June 2018, India issued clarifications on FDI in food product retail trading by requiring that the business of food product retailing be kept distinct and separate from other businesses of the investee company.

Jun 14, 2018
MauritiusTax incentive for investments in SEZ infrastructure development

The Budget Speech for 2018- 2019 presented on 14 June 2018 introduces a 5-year tax holiday for Mauritian companies collaborating with the Mauritius Africa Fund for the development of infrastructure in the Special Economic Zones. The ...

Jun 12, 2018
Russian FederationRussia adopts new law on the definition of a foreign investor

On 12 June 2018, the Federal Law of May 31, 2018 N 122-FZ "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation regarding the clarification of the concept ‘foreign investor’ came into effect. The new rules reframe the ...

Jun 11, 2018
United KingdomThe United Kingdom strengthens its control over mergers in critical sectors due to national security considerations

On 11 June 2018, the United Kingdom brought two amendments to the Enterprise Act 2002 into force. These amendments change the conditions for the application of the UK’s reviews of inward investment to manage national security concerns. ...

Jun 07, 2018
IndiaMandatory reporting of foreign investment prior to introduction of Single Master Form

As officially announced on 5 April 2018, all Indian companies and limited liability partnerships that have existing foreign investment are supposed to report in the period from 28 June to 12 July 2018 their total foreign investment ...

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.