OECD work on investment promotion and facilitation




16/12/2021 - Investment Promotion and the Digital Economy: a Comparative Analysis of Investment Promotion Practices Across the OECD

This policy note provides comparative evidence on the different ways in which the digital economy affects investment promotion across OECD countries. Based on the results of the OECD survey on investment promotion and digitalisation, the note first explores IPA efforts to attract international investment in digital sectors or activities to use it as a key driver of digital growth and transformation. It then discusses IPAs’ own internal digital transformation to improve services, practices and overall performance. 


16/12/2021 - Together or Apart: Investment Promotion Agencies’ Prioritisation and Monitoring and Evaluation Strategies for Sustainable Investment Promotion Across the OECD Countries

This policy note focuses on recent changes in monitoring and evaluation strategies by IPAs across OECD countries, and how they relate to prioritisation in general and prioritising sustainable investment in particular. Based on the OECD survey on IPA monitoring & evaluation and prioritisation, the notefirst discusses the IPAs’ current approaches to prioritisation. It then explores what potential tools IPAs have at their disposal to monitor and evaluate their priorities, including in relation to sustainable development.


11/05/2020 - Investment promotion agencies in the time of COVID-19 | Japanese 


11/12/2019 - Supporting investment climate reforms through IPA policy advocacy


11/12/2019 - Monitoring and Evaluation of IPAs: the guide for practitioners and policy makers


6th Meeting of the OECD Investment Promotion Agency Network

 Investment promotion and digital transformation for a sustainable recovery

  13-14 October 2021

 Senior investment promotion practitioners and policy makers from OECD and partner countries met virtually to share their experience and discuss good practices. 

1. Promoting and facilitating investment in a digital world. 

2. Embracing digitalisation in IPA strategies and activities. 

3. Strengthening IPA monitoring and evaluation systems to support sustainability objectives.

MENA-OECD session:  Integrating digital tools and solutions into MENA IPA activities.

Download the summary report


Previous meetings

5th meeting of the OECD IPA Network | Summary Report 2020  | Strategic foresight session

4th meeting of the OECD IPA Network l Summary Report 2019

3rd meeting of the OECD IPA Network l Summary Report 2018

2nd meeting of the OECD IPA Network l Summary Report 2017

1st meeting of the OECD IPA Network l Summary Report 2016



Mapping of Investment Promotion Agencies

The OECD conducted 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 OECD countries

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

 Mapping of IPAs in the Middle East and North Africa

 Mapping of Investment Promotion Agencies in Eurasia





Documents and links

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

Harnessing investment for sustainable development

Investment and essential security

FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index




The OECD contributes to global thinking and international co-operation on investment promotion and facilitation through comparative analysis and experience sharing. In 2016, the OECD IPA Network was created under the auspices of the OECD Investment Committee to bring together senior investment promotion practitioners and facilitate peer-learning on issues of common interest.

The Network’s main objectives are:

  • To bring together a community of like-minded investment promotion practitioners willing to engage in discussions, exchanges and experience sharing;
  • To benefit from OECD expertise to gather, build and use knowledge and evidence-based analysis on investment promotion and related topics; and
  • To engage with policy makers and IPAs from other regions.

The OECD IPA Network has established itself as an important forum for exchange and networking among practitioners from IPAs across the OECD area and beyond. The thematic discussions, which take place during annual meetings every October, advance collective understanding on issues of joint interest and facilitate exchanges on best practices.

The OECD IPA Network is chaired by Achim Hartig, Managing Director at Germany Trade and Invest, and closely advised by a Steering Group composed of the IPAs from Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany (chair), Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.





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