UNCTAD-OECD Report on G20 Investment Measures (26th Report)

28 Oct 2021

This 26th monitoring report on investment measures by G20 members, jointly prepared by the UNCTAD and OECD Secretariats, documents investment and investment-related measures adopted by G20 countries between 16 May 2021 and 30 September 2021.

G20 investment policy developments in the reporting period suggest that G20 Leaders appreciate the importance of openness to international investment as a precondition to containing the economic damage associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. After a period of frequent adjustments of investment policies, G20 members have now adopted very few measures.

The report also confirms that policy interest in instruments to safeguard essential security risks that are occasionally associated with international investment remains high. Comprehensive and detailed policies are now in place in almost all G20 members.

While the COVID crisis has dominated attention over the past years, G20 members will need to address many other crises, most pressingly the climate and environmental crises, as well as continued and deepening poverty across and within societies. International investment can make an important contribution to address these crises – provided relevant policies are set to enable such outcomes.