Investment Policy Monitor No. 1

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.

This Monitor is the first of a new series launched by the UNCTAD Secretariat. Its objective is to provide policy-makers and the international investment community at large with up-to-date information about the latest developments in foreign investment policies at the national and international le­vel. It also seeks to identify the overall trends and salient features of these developments. By doing so, the Monitor aims to assist policy makers and other interested stakeholders in their discussions of foreign investment po­licy issues, and contribute to preparing the ground for future policymaking in the inte­rest of making foreign investment work for growth and development.

This new UNCTAD project originates from the financial and economic crisis and the strong interest expressed by governments in up-to-date reporting on recent trade and investment policies. It implements the man­date from the UNCTAD Commission on In­vestment, Enterprise and Development,and responds to the call by the G20 (in its London and Pittsburgh summits) for quarterly reporting on G20 members’ adherence to their pledge not to raise barriers to trade and investment.