Investment Policy Monitor No. 9

The Investment Policy Monitor provides policymakers and the international investment community with up-to-date information about the latest developments and salient features in foreign investment policies.

The review period (November 2012 – February 2013) was marked by a surge in new investment restrictions and regulations bringing the share of such measures to a new height. Nonetheless, investment liberalisation and promotion remained the dominant feature of national investment policies. Numerous corporate tax changes, both rises and cuts, were another important component of investment policies during the review period.

The move towards regional investment agreements gathered pace, while the conclusion of new bilateral investment treaties slowed to a trickle. Stakeholders, in particular civil society organizations and the business community are voicing their views and concerns with increased vigour.