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On this page you can review barriers specific to various countries, or learn more about the policy considerations related to specific types of barriers.

Assessments of Barriers to Investment

U.S. Government Assessment of Foreign Countries

Interested in the U.S. government’s assessment of the investment climate in a particular country, and the particular barriers that U.S. companies face? Check out the 2017 U.S. Investment Climate Statements for more than 80 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Select Country Reports:






France and Monaco






Full List of Countries

Want to compare how an investment climate has changed over time? Take a look at previous U.S. Investment Climate Statements dating back to 2009.

For a link to the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) event on the State Department's 2017 Investment Climate Reports, please click here.

G-20 Assessment

G-20 leaders have committed to fight protectionism within their respective countries. As part of this commitment, the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) and UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) jointly issue regular reports that maintain a running inventory of newly-sought investment and investment-related policies that undermine an open global investment climate.

The eighth and latest report, issued October 31, 2012 finds that FDI flows fell 8 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the first half of 2011. Further, 16 member countries of the G20 between May 2012 and October 2012 took policy actions related to investment ranging from investment specific measures, to measures involving investment and national security, to the completion of bilateral investment agreements. In sum, G20 members have largely continued to uphold their pledge not to introduce new restrictive measures, in fact the many of the actions taken during the most recent period examined were designed to open an investment climate further.


The OECD compiles an FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index which measures statutory restrictions on foreign direct investment in 55 countries, including all OECD and G-20 countries, and covers 22 sectors.



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