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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 927 results

Feb 08, 2019
United Republic of TanzaniaAmendments to the Mining Local Content Regulations

The Mining (Local Content) Regulations, which were passed on 8 February 2019, amend the existing rules in the following ways, among others: • While the "old" Local Content Regulations required an indigenous Tanzanian company to have ...

Feb 07, 2019
United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi launches an investment office to attract FDI

On 7 February 2019, the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued Law No.1 on the establishment of an Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and Law No.2 on regulating partnerships between public and private sectors. ...

Feb 04, 2019
GuatemalaTax Benefits for Companies in Special Zones

The regulation for Special Public Economic Development Zones, which came into effect on 4 February 2019, establishes fiscal incentives for companies operating under this scheme. Among the tax benefits provided by the Law are the full ...

Feb 04, 2019
PanamaTax incentives for the tourism sector modified

According to the Law Project 696 of 2018, approved on 4 February 2019, Panama modified tax incentives related to the tourism sector as established under Law 80 of 8 November 2012. The tourism sector will get tax incentives until 2025 ...

Feb 01, 2019
Viet NamDecrees set requirements for foreign-invested vocational institutions

On 1 February 2019, the Vietnamese Government issued a series of conditions for setting up foreign-invested vocational training institutions in Vietnam, expected to take effect from 20 March 2019. The conditions were itemized in Decree ...

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.