Investment Policy Measures

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

04 Jan 2022

New investment screening regime will be operational on 4 January 2022

The British Government set the date of the commencement of the National Security and Investment Act for 4 January 2022. The new legislation is a major amendment of foreign investment screening mechanism in the United Kingdom. Additionally, [...]

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

02 Jan 2022

Opens to 100 per cent foreign ownership in most sectors

On 27 November 2021, the Government approved a wide-ranging reform of its legal system affecting more than 40 laws. The reforms come during the UAE’s “Year of the 50th” and are intended to keep pace with its developmental aspirations. [...]

Zambia

Zambia

01 Jan 2022

The Zambia Development Agency (Amendment) Act 2021 provides new incentives for large investments

The Zambia Development Agency Act, 2006 was amended on 30 December 2021 to provide foreign and local investors who invest not less than $500'000 or the equivalent in convertible currency, in a priority sector, incentives as specified [...]

Ukraine

Ukraine

01 Jan 2022

New preferential tax and legal regime for IT residents in Diia City

On 14 December 2021, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted Law No. 1946-IX “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine and Other Laws of Ukraine regarding the Stimulation of the Digital Economy Development in Ukraine” (Закон «Про внесення [...]

Russian Federation

Russian Federation

01 Jan 2022

Foreign IT companies are required to open representative offices in Russia

On 1 January 2022, the Federal Law on Internet activities of foreign legal entities on the Russian Federation territory (Федеральный закон от 01.07.2021 № 236-ФЗ «О деятельности иностранных лиц в информационно-телекоммуникационной [...]

China

China

01 Jan 2022

Issued new Negative List for Foreign Direct Investment

On 27 December 2021, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce jointly issued the 2021 Negative List for Foreign Investment Access, which replaced the 2020 edition and took effect on 1 January 2022. [...]

Nigeria

Nigeria

31 Dec 2021

Introduces new taxes on non-resident companies in digital and professional services

The Finance Act 2021 was signed into law on 31 December 2021, amending different tax and fiscal legislation. Section 13 of the Company Income Tax Act (CITA) has been amended to incorporate the taxation of non-resident companies carrying [...]

Libya

Libya

22 Dec 2021

Creation of Wadi Al-Harir Special Economic Zone in western region

On 22 December 2021, the Government of Libya published Decree No 7/2021 establishing the Special Economic Zone Wadi Al-Harir, Libya. The Zone, which has a legal personality and independent financial disclosure under the provisions [...]

France

France

22 Dec 2021

Temporary measure to lower the control threshold triggering the FDI screening regime extended for another year

On 22 December 2021, the Decree No.2021-1758 was adopted. It extends for a further year the measure to lower from 25% to 10% the threshold for the acquisition of voting rights in French companies carrying out activities sensitive to [...]

Philippines

Philippines

15 Dec 2021

Allows 100 per cent foreign ownership of public services

On 15 December 2021, the Philippines Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 2094, which amends the Public Service Act by enabling the 100 percent foreign ownership of public services, such as telecommunications, airlines, shipping, and railways. [...]

United States of America

United States of America

09 Nov 2021

Extends ban on securities investments in certain Chinese companies

On 9 November 2021, the President of the United States ordered the extension of the state of emergency declared by Executive Order No. 13.959 of 12 November 12, 2020 banning investments from US nationals in certain Chinese companies, [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

09 Nov 2021

Allows non-Saudis to invest in real estate funds

On 9 November 2021, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) allowed financial market institutions to accept the subscriptions of non-Saudis in the real estate funds that invest in assets within the boundaries of Makkah and Madinah. This [...]

Zambia

Zambia

29 Oct 2021

Reduces the corporate income tax rate and introduces new tax incentives

The Minister of Finance’s 2022 budget address, delivered on October 29 2021, introduced several key changes to the tax regime for investment. Among others, it reduced the general corporate income tax rate from 35% to 30%, extended [...]

China

China

22 Oct 2021

Issues the "14th Five-Year Development Plan for Utilizing Foreign Capital"

On 22 October 2021, the Ministry of Commerce issued the "14th Five-Year (2021-2025) Plan for the Utilization of Foreign Capital". The plan indicates that China will open up further to foreign investment, by reducing the negative list [...]

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

21 Oct 2021

Abu Dhabi launches the Virtual Business Licence to drive more foreign investments

On 21 October 2021, the Abu Dhabi Government launched the "Virtual Licence" allowing the non-resident foreign investors to obtain an economic licence for doing business in Abu Dhabi without any prior residence procedures and from any [...]

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

07 Oct 2021

New incentives to foreign investors in mining and natural resources sectors

On 6 October 2021, the Presidential Decree No. UP-6319 “On measures for further stimulation of geological exploration and improvement of taxation for subsoil users” was signed. It introduces a number of tax and customs incentives to [...]

India

India

06 Oct 2021

100% foreign participation in the Telecoms sector now allowed via the Automatic Route

On October 7 2021, the Government of India announced that it would allow 100% foreign participation in the telecom services industry, including all telecom services and infrastructure providers, through the Automatic Route. Under [...]

United States of America

United States of America

05 Oct 2021

New screening requirement and export controls for certain biotechnology-related software

On 5 October 2021, the Department of Commerce (Bureau of Industry and Security, BIS) published new regulations enacting export controls for certain types of biotechnology-related software capable of designing functional genetic elements. [...]

Japan

Japan

05 Oct 2021

Foreign investment in activities related to 34 rare-earth metals now subject to screening

On 4 November 2021 (after the 30-day transitional period), the amendment of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (the FEFTA) took effect. According to the amendment, business sectors related to 34 rare-earth metals (e.g. mining [...]

South Africa

South Africa

28 Sep 2021

Restricts foreign ownership of private security companies

On 28 September 2021, the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Act, 2014 received assent. Among other issues, the Amendment Act introduces a requirement that private security companies be owned and controlled to at least [...]

India

India

22 Sep 2021

Launches national single window system to improve ease of doing business

On 22 September 2021, the Government of India launched the National Single-Window System for investors and businesses. The portal will integrate the existing clearance systems of the Central Departments and of the States and will become [...]

Thailand

Thailand

14 Sep 2021

Issues New Incentives to Attract Foreign Investors, Retirees and Professionals.

On September 14, 2021, Thailand’s Cabinet passed a resolution introducing immigration, tax, and land ownership incentives aimed at attracting foreign investors, wealthy pensioners, professionals who can work remotely from Thailand [...]

France

France

10 Sep 2021

Extends FDI review mechanism to technologies involved in the production of renewable energy

On 10 September 2021, the Decree on foreign investment in France (Arrêté du 10 septembre 2021 relatif aux investissements étrangers en France) was adopted. The Decree extended the list of sectors and critical technologies subject to [...]

Cambodia

Cambodia

09 Sep 2021

New investment law aims to boost foreign investments

On October 15 2021, the Government of Cambodia adopted a new Law on Investment. The new law will replace the Law on Investment of 1993, as revised in 2003. The new Law aims to create an open and transparent legal framework for investment, [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

07 Sep 2021

Introduces screening of foreign investment in sensitive and strategic sectors

On 7 September 2021, the Council of Ministers released a Resolution on the establishment of a “Permanent Ministerial Committee for the Examination of Foreign Investment”. The Committee is tasked to identify on an ongoing basis sensitive [...]

Number of policy measures per economy (since 01 Jan 2010) 1 86