Dear Members of World Investment Network,

It is my pleasure to share with you UNCTAD's seventh Investment Policy 

The new Monitor finds that at least 19 countries introduced new national 
policy measures related to investment in the review period (September 2011 
- January 2012). Investment policies were generally favourable to foreign 
investment.  At the same time, there was an increase in regulatory 
activities affecting investment particularly in the mining sector and with 
regard to competition issues. Numerous countries also modified their 
corporate taxation rules with some countries increasing taxes and others 
reducing them. 

Also, during the review period, 25 new international investment agreements 
were concluded. Venezuela denounced its membership in the International 
Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and leaders at the 
G20 Summit in Cannes reaffirmed their commitment to refrain from raising 
barriers or imposing new barriers to investment.

UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Monitor is a regular publication that provides 
the international investment community with country-specific, up-to-date 
information about the latest developments in foreign investment policies, 
both at the national and international level.

Let me take this opportunity to remind you of UNCTAD’s upcoming World 
Investment Forum (WIF), to be held in Doha, Qatar, 20-23 April 2012, in 
conjunction with the UNCTAD Ministerial Conference. The biennial Forum 
provides a unique platform to interact with global leaders, senior 
policymakers, corporate executives, investors and investment promotion 
agencies from countries round the world. So far, senior participants from 
over 80 countries have pre-registered. For more information about the 
program and registration, please visit our website: 

With best regards,

James X. Zhan
Investment & Enterprise Division
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Palais des Nations, Geneva
Tel: +41 22 9175797