Investment policy

OECD work on investment promotion and facilitation


COVID-19 Response 

Investment promotion agencies in the time of COVID-19 Japanese 

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.



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 Investment Promotion Agencies in Eurasia EN | RU

30/09/2020 - This report takes stock of Eurasia countries’ efforts to attract foreign investment and offers comparisons with investment promotion practices in the OECD, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It provides a detailed understanding of Eurasia IPAs’ structures and settings, strategies and activities. It suggests options for strengthening investment promotion efforts in Eurasia and adapting them to the new context being defined by the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. For more information please visit OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme


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. 


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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5th Meeting of the OECD Investment Promotion Agency Network

Investment promotion for a sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery

 20 - 22 October 2020 

Heads of IPAs, senior investment promotion practitioners and policymakers from OECD and partner countries will meet virtually on 20-22 October 2020 to share their experience and discuss good practices on investment promotion and facilitation. The purpose of the workshop is to help prepare participants to confront future challenges in light of the COVID-19 crisis, ensure the impact and effectiveness of their actions, and consider how to adapt strategies to best contribute to a sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery. It will include the following sessions:


  • 20 October 2020, 13h30-15h30: Session 1 (open) on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on investment promotion and facilitation: lessons learned and future perspectives to build on recent experiences and discuss new directions and strategies going forward.


  • 21 October 2020, 13h30-15h30: Session 2 (by invitation) on IPA monitoring and evaluation to deepen the analysis and discussions held over the past years, including its relevance to the COVID-19 context.


  • 22 October 2020, 13h-16h: Session 3 (by invitation) on Strategic foresight for IPAs to help practitioners use ideas about the future in a structured and systematic way to anticipate and better prepare for change.


  • 22 October 2020, 16h-17h: Concluding session (by invitation) to discuss future priorities of the OECD IPA Network.

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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 is working with IPAs to conduct analytical work and facilitate peer-learning in the area of investment promotion. The OECD IPA Networkwas created in 2016 andbrings together senior IPA representatives from OECD and partner countries: i) to gather a community of like-minded practitioners that are willing to engage in discussions and experience sharing with their peers, ii) to benefit from the OECD expertise to gather, build and use evidence-based analysis on investment; iii) and to engage with policymakers and IPAs from other regions.

Since 2019, the OECD IPA Network is chaired by Jeroen Nijland, Commissioner of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, and closely advised by a Steering Group composed of IPA representatives from Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Sweden and the United Kingdom.


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



Towards an International Framework for Investment Facilitation

Mapping of Investment Promotion Agencies in OECD Countries

Policy Framework for Investment

FDI Statistics

FDI Qualities Indicators

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises


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