Investment Policy Measures

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Australia

Australia

01 May 2024

Updates its Foreign Investment Policy

On 1 May 2024, recognizing that national security threats are increasing due to intensifying geopolitical competition, the Treasury announced reforms to streamline and strengthen Australia’s foreign investment framework, in order to [...]

United States of America

United States of America

30 Apr 2024

New National Security Memorandum on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

On 30 April 2024, the President of the United States signed a National Security Memorandum to secure and enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure and to replace a decade-old document from 2013. Although the memorandum is an [...]

Malaysia

Malaysia

22 Apr 2024

Unveiled a Golden Pass scheme to attract unicorns and venture capitalists

On 22 April 2024, the Government of Malaysia launched the 'Golden Pass' scheme to attract unicorn start-ups and venture capitalists (VCs), positioning the country as a premier business hub in Southeast Asia. This initiative is designed [...]

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde

18 Apr 2024

Adopts law on special economic zones in São Vicente

On 18 April 2024, Cabo Verde adopted Decree-Law No. 17/2024, establishing rules for the installation, operation, and registration of entities in Industrial Areas, Special Tourist Zones, and Integrated Free Trade Zones, managed by the [...]

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

18 Apr 2024

Adopts Special Economic Zone Law

On 18 April 2024, the Parliament of Ethiopia approved Proclamation No. 1322/2024 to regulate Special Economic Zones (SEZs). This law supports SEZs through policies that foster investment, trade facilitation, and infrastructure development. [...]

Mexico

Mexico

18 Apr 2024

Expropriates the hydrogen production plant U-3400

On 18 April 2024, the Ministry of Energy issued a decree expropriating the hydrogen plant from French company, Air Liquide. The plant, known as U-3400, is located inside the Tula oil refinery owned by the Mexican State oil company [...]

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

18 Apr 2024

Opens up commericial sector to foreign investors

On 18 April 2024, the Ethiopian Investment Board (EIB) introduced Directive No. 1001/2024 to regulate foreign participation in export, import, wholesale, and retail trade, areas previously restricted to domestic investors. The Directive [...]

China

China

08 Apr 2024

Allows 100 per cent foreign ownership in certain value-added telecommunication services

On 8 April 2024, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a Circular on Launching the Pilot Program for Expanding the Opening-up of Value-Added Telecommunications Services (VATS). Previously, foreign investment [...]

New Zealand

New Zealand

04 Apr 2024

Reduces barriers on foreign investment for build-to-rent housing developments

On 4 April 2024, New Zealand issued a new Ministerial Directive Letter to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO), outlining immediate and interim updates to the approach for assessing investment applications for build-to-rent developments [...]

Belgium

Belgium

04 Apr 2024

Publishes new guidance on the application of its FDI screening regime

On 4 April 2024, the Interfederal Screening Commission of Belgium published guidelines providing clarification of the screening process of foreign direct investments in Belgium. These guidelines identify situations requiring prior [...]

Singapore

Singapore

28 Mar 2024

Introduced a screening regime for national security

On 9 January 2024, the Parliament of Singapore enacted the Significant Investments Review Act. This legislation introduces a new investment management regime to regulate entities critical to Singapore’s national security interests. [...]

Thailand

Thailand

24 Mar 2024

Expanded PCB manufacturing incentives to cover the entire supply chain

On 24 March 2024, the Board of Investment (BOI) of Thailand approved a revision of the types of businesses qualified to receive incentives granted to manufacturers of printed circuit boards (PCB) to cover the entire supply chain. [...]

Canada

Canada

22 Mar 2024

Significant changes to the FDI screening regime

On 22 March 2024, the Investment Canada Act was amended, following royal assent. This amendment ushers in a modernization package aimed at enhancing the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) screening mechanism. Key modifications introduced [...]

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

21 Mar 2024

Launched a semiconductor roadmap to attract FDI

On 21 March 2024, Costa Rica launched a strategic plan to establish the country as a hub in the regional semiconductor industry: "A roadmap for strengthening the semiconductor ecosystem in Costa Rica". The plan includes four pillars [...]

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

12 Mar 2024

Imposed 20 per cent annual tax on foreign banks

On 7 March 2024, the Government of the United Arab Emirates enacted Law No. 1 of 2024, which imposes a 20 per cent annual tax on foreign banks operating in the Emirate of Dubai. Exceptions are made for banks licensed within the Dubai [...]

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

12 Mar 2024

Establishes a mechanism for screening FDI related to national security and public order

On 22 February 2024, the National Assembly amended the Investment Promotion Act to screen foreign direct investments (FDI) for national security or public order concerns, aligning with EU Regulation 2019/452. The amendment mandates [...]

Mozambique

Mozambique

07 Mar 2024

Issued new Regulations for its Private Investment Law 2023

On 7 March 2024, Mozambique issued a new Regulations for the Private Investment Law 2023. These Regulations outline the procedures for approving and carrying out private investments in Mozambique and providing tax and non-tax guarantees [...]

Korea, Republic of

Korea, Republic of

05 Mar 2024

Allocated $151 million for cash support to attract FDI

On 5 March 2024, the Government of the Republic of Korea allocated a budget of approximately $151 million for cash support to expand the attraction of investments in key companies within advanced industries. This amount is four times [...]

Canada

Canada

01 Mar 2024

Foreign investment screening in interactive digital media

On 1 March 2024, the Government of Canada issued a Policy Statement clarifying how the Investment Canada Act providing for FDI screening shall be applicable to investments in Canadian businesses and entities from the Interactive Digital [...]

New Zealand

New Zealand

29 Feb 2024

Imposes financial sanctions on 16 entities

On 29 February 2024, the Government of New Zealand imposed financial sanctions on 16 entities in the context of the conflict in Ukraine. The amended Regulations inter alia have made explicit the prohibition on exporting restricted [...]

Namibia

Namibia

28 Feb 2024

Reduces corporate taxes and introduces new fiscal incentives

On 28 February 2024, Namibia released its Budget for the 2024/25 fiscal year, which includes significant changes to the corporate tax structure. The non-mining corporate tax rate will be lowered to 31 per cent from 1 January 2024, [...]

European Union

European Union

24 Feb 2024

Adopts the thirteenth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation

On 23 February 2024, the European Union introduced its 13th package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. It further extended its trade sanctions and added 194 individuals and entities to the sanction list, subjecting them to [...]

India

India

21 Feb 2024

Allowed up to 100 per cent FDI in the space sector

On 21 February 2024, the Union Cabinet of India allowed up to 100 per cent FDI through the automatic route in its space sector to lower entry barriers for foreign players, fostering a more inclusive environment for international investments, [...]

Singapore

Singapore

16 Feb 2024

Introduced a new Refundable Investment Credit (RIC) to promote FDI

On 16 February 2024, the Government of Singapore introduced a new Refundable Investment Credit (RIC) for investment promotion. The RIC encourages companies to make sizeable investments that bring substantive economic activities to [...]

Kenya

Kenya

14 Feb 2024

Approves privatisation of State-owned enterprises in tourism sector

On 14 February 2024, the Cabinet approved the sale of seven State-owned enterprises (SOEs), including the Development Bank of Kenya and several hospitality establishments, such as Golf Hotel Limited, Sunset Hotel Limited, Mt. Elgon [...]

Number of policy measures per economy (since 01 Jan 2010) 1 94