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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

Jan 07, 2019
QatarNew law regulating foreign investment allows foreign investment up to 100 percent ownership

On 7 January 2019, Law No.1 of 2019 regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activity became effective, repealing Law No. 13 of 2000. Key aspects of the new law, among others, are the following: • Foreign investment ...

Jan 01, 2019
PeruIntroduction of corporate tax credits and incentives

Effective 1 January 2019, specific rules on tax credits were introduced for domiciled entities. They will be able to deduct various income taxes paid as credit (specific requirements will apply). A special deduction regime has been ...

Jan 01, 2019
PanamaNew law to amend multinational headquarters regime

The Government, with a view to enhancing the advantages offered to multinational headquarters for establishing and operating offices inside the national territory, has enacted Law no. 57 of 2018, amending the Special Regime for the ...

Jan 01, 2019
CameroonAdoption of 2019 Finance Law

The 2019 Finance Law, which was enacted on 11 December 2018 as Law No.2018/022, includes the following tax regulations, among others: • Reduction of the withholding tax due on capital gains earned on the disposal of real property from ...

Jan 01, 2019
Korea, Republic ofAbolishing tax incentive for foreign direct investment

Certain tax incentives, which were available for foreign investments have been abolished, effective from 1 January 2019. Previously, foreign direct investments enjoyed up to seven years tax reduction on their income tax or corporate ...

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.