Investment policy

OECD work on investment promotion and facilitation



The OECD is conducting a series of surveys of IPAs for OECD countries and different regions. These surveys, based on a comprehensive survey jointly designed with the Inter-American Development Bank, provide comparative evidence across agencies, categorise their profiles, and explain existing trends and practices in investment promotion and facilitation.


Mapping of IPAs in Latin America and the Caribbean and OECD Countries

24/07/2019 - The study provides a thorough understanding of who the agencies are, what they do, and how they do it. Focusing in particular on the LAC region, this mapping exercise will enhance peer-learning amongst practitioners and policy makers, allowing them to benchmark their agencies against those of other countries and supporting reflections on future strategic orientations.


Mapping of IPAs in the Middle East and North Africa

28/05/2019 - This report provides an inventory of existing practices among IPAs in eight southern Mediterranean economies: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, and Tunisia.


Mapping of IPAs in OECD countries

22/10/2018 - This report provides an inventory of existing practices in Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) across 32 OECD countries. This mapping exercise covers a wide range of areas pertaining to investment promotion and facilitation with a view to enhancing peer-learning amongst practitioners.



  • Mapping of Investment Promotion Agencies in Eurasia (incorporating the countries of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia)


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4th Meeting of the OECD Investment Promotion Agency Network

 22 October 2019  Paris, France

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Heads of IPAs, senior investment promotion practitioners and policy makers from OECD and partner countries will meet in Paris on 22 October 2019 for the fourth Meeting of the OECD IPA Network to share their experiences and discuss good practices on investment promotion and facilitation. Focus topics will include:

  • Investment facilitation and aftercare: what national and international measures can be taken by governments to reduce regulatory and administrative obstacles for companies willing to establish or reinvest in a given location? 
  • FDI benefits: how can governments adopt policies and strategies to maximise the benefits of foreign direct investment on their domestic economy while minimising potential costs?

The Mapping of IPAs in the Middle East and North Africa will be formally launched by the Deputy-Secretary General of the OECD together with high-level representatives from the region and the European Commission at a high-level lunch.

The event will also provide an opportunity for IPAs to conduct focused peer-to-peer exchanges in smaller groups of practitioners:

  • IPAs from OECD and selected Latin American countries will discuss policy advocacy and monitoring & evaluation in two break-out sessions.
  • IPAs of countries included in the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme recently took part in the OECD-IDB Survey of IPAs. They will hold a dedicated session to present and discuss the survey’s preliminary findings.





3rd Workshop OECD IPA Network l Summary Report 2018

2nd Workshop OECD IPA Network l Summary Report 2017

1st Workshop OECD IPA Network l Summary Report 2016


The OECD contributes to global thinking on investment promotion and facilitation and supports IPAs and policy makers to make the most appropriate choices through analysis and experience sharing. The Network brings together senior investment promotion practitioners from OECD and partner countries to facilitate peer-learning on issues of common interest.

The Network operates under the auspices of the OECD Investment Committee.



Mapping of investment promotion agencies in OECD countries

Policy Framework for Investment

Country investment policy reviews

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises


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