Investment policy


  • OECD Ministers launch new framework to boost sustainable investment

    4 June 2015 - OECD Ministers have endorsed the updated Policy Framework for Investment - guidelines to help national governments and regional groups create the right conditions to attract domestic and foreign investment.

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  • FDI gains momentum in second half of 2014

    29/04/2015 - This issue of FDI in Figures shows that global FDI flows picked up in the second half of 2014, increasing 17% in Q3 and 3% in Q4, representing an overall 9% increase in the second half of 2014 compared to a year earlier.

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  • The OECD's approach to capital flow management measures used with a macro-prudential intent - report to the G20

    At the G20’s request, the OECD and the IMF have assessed whether further work is needed on their respective approaches to measures which are both macro-prudential and capital flow measures. This report is particularly timely, as the post-crisis period has witnessed an increased use of capital flow management measures with a macro-prudential intent, at a time when policy settings across emerging and advanced economies vary widely. This calls for multi-lateral co-ordination to limit the cross-country implications for the overall financial system.

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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.