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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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Mar 15, 2019
ChinaChina Adopted the Foreign Investment Law

China passed the "Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China" at the close of the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC, the country’s top legislature) on 15 March 2019. The new law will take effect on ...

Mar 06, 2019
EgyptCabinet approves changes to investment law

On 6 March 2019, the cabinet approved two amendments to the investment law aimed at encouraging expansions of existing investments and clarifying the system for certifying contracts of association. In the original law, investment ...

Mar 01, 2019
Cape VerdeGovernment sale privatises national airline

On 1 March 2019 the Government of Cabo Verde sold 51% of its stake in Transportadora Aérea Cabo-verdiana (TACV), the national airline, to Loftleidir Cape Verde (a subsidiary of Icelandair Group), which had been managing the restructuring ...

Feb 20, 2019
UzbekistanFacilitation and promotion of investment in mining industry

The Regulation on Measures for the Fundamental Improvement and Integrated Development of the Building Material Industry was signed by the President of Uzbekistan on 20 February 2019. It provides a list of 275 deposits (plots) of non-metallic ...

Feb 11, 2019
PolandPoland introduces financial incentives in audiovisual industry

On 11 February 2019, the Act on Financial Support for Audiovisual Production entered into force. It introduced financial incentives aimed at boosting the Polish audiovisual industry. Although the programme is not directed only to foreign ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Mar 28, 2019

Investment Policy Monitor No. 21

The new Monitor finds that 35 countries took 42 investment policy measures from November 2018 to February 2019. The percentage of new investment restrictions or regulations reached 34 percent during the review period, which is the highest figure since 2003. The ratio rose almost 50 per cent compared with the previous reporting period (May - October 2018).

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.