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.
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South Africa introduces a screening mechanism of foreign investment14 Feb 2019
The Competition Amendment Act, published on 14 February 2019, significantly amended the competition law regime in South Africa. Additionally, it introduced the screening mechanism of foreign investments in this country. The new law requires the establishment of a special committee responsible for assessing, whether a merger involving a foreign acquiring firm may have an adverse effect on the national security interests of the Republic. Its opinion is then transmitted to the Minister of Trade and Industry, who within 30 days publishes a notice in the Gazette of the decision to permit, permit with conditions or prohibit the implementation of a merger.
- Entry and establishment (Ownership and control, Approval and admission)
- Not industry specific
- Government Gazette, Act No. 18 of 2018: Competition Amendment Act, 2018, https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/201902/competitionamendment-act18of2018.pdf, 14 Feb 2019
- Baker McKenzie, Widespread Amendments to South Africa’s Competition Law Regime, https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/insight/publications/2019/03/widespread-amendments-to-south-africa, 04 Mar 2019