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.


COVID-19 Response 

Investment promotion agencies in the time of COVID-19

11/05/2020 - This note reviews the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on international investment flows and government responses. It summarises the findings of the OECD IPA Network meeting on 9 April 2020 and outlines short-term and long-term responses.


Thematic Policy Notes

Supporting investment climate reforms through IPA policy advocacy

Monitoring and Evaluation of IPAs: the guide for practitioners and policy makers




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Monitoring and evaluation: a brief guide for investment promotion agencies 200x271‌                  



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







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 policymakers from OECD and partner countries met in Paris on 22 October 2019 for the 4th Meeting of the OECD IPA Network to share their experiences and discuss good practices on investment promotion and facilitation. The main takeaways include:

  • Investment facilitation can spur domestic reforms and support development: the discussion shed light on the multi-dimensional feature of investment facilitation and brought together complementary perspectives. Bringing the WTO discussion to the OECD community also allowed participants to discuss the multilateral aspect of investment facilitation for development.
  • IPAs are shaping their strategies according to the benefits expected from FDI: participants discussed ways to ensure that the positive outcomes of foreign investments are maximised and potential costs minimised, making the link with the FDI Qualities Indicators, from a country-level perspective. The discussion focused on both the relevance and the challenges of measuring the impact of FDI in host economies. 
  • The Mapping of Investment Promotion Agencies in the Middle East and North Africa was officially launched: the mapping was launched by DSG Schuknecht and the EU Ambassador, who praised the quality of the report and the efforts conducted by IPAs from the MENA region to carry out this work with the OECD. 
  • A Chair of the OECD IPA Network was elected: as the OECD IPA Network is a growing platform, IPAs concluded the meeting by electing the Head of the Dutch IPA, Jeroen Nijland as the Chair of the OECD IPA Network to better institutionalise the Network, establish its legitimacy and increase its influence in the investment promotion world. 
  • Peer-to-peer exchanges in smaller groups of practitioners focused on policy advocacy, monitoring & evaluation, investment & innovation and investment facilitation & aftercare.  



4th Workshop OECD IPA Network l Summary Report 2019

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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