Investment policy


  • International investment continues to struggle

    05/12/2014: Global FDI flows for 2014 have stalled at levels substantially below the peak levels reached before the financial crisis and ensuing global recession that began in 2008 according to preliminary estimates in the December 2014 issue of FDI in Figures.

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  • Fostering investment in infrastructure

    Adequate infrastructure is necessary for sustainable economic and social development. However investment in infrastructure in most developing and emerging economies needs to be substantially increased. This paper draws on 22 OECD Investment Policy Reviews undertaken in such economies and identifies policy options to enhance the enabling environment for infrastructure investment. 336896

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  • Public consultation on the FAO-OECD guidance for responsible agricultural supply chains

    This public consultation was held to gather comments on the draft FAO-OECD guidance for responsible agricultural supply chains which is designed to help enterprises observe standards of responsible business conduct along their agricultural supply chains. The deadline for comment was 20 February 2015.

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Weak national policy frameworks discourage both foreign and domestic investment. The OECD helps governments to design investment policy tools and initiatives to develop stronger business climates.

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Investment Instruments

These legal instruments spearhead efforts to develop international rules relating to capital movements, international investment and trade in services. 

Freedom of Investment

The Freedom of Investment process brings together some 55 governments to develop guidance for open, transparent and non-discriminatory investment policies.

International investment agreements

The work of the OECD aims to enhance the understanding of emerging legal and policy issues relating to international investment agreements.

Policy Framework for Investment

Currently under review, the Policy Framework for Investment (PFI) is the most comprehensive and systematic approach for improving investment conditions ever developed.