Investment policy

OECD work on investment promotion and facilitation



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 see the 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.


‌6th Meeting of the OECD Investment Promotion Agency Network

Investment promotion and digital transformation for a sustainable recovery

 13-14 October 2021

Heads of IPAs, senior investment promotion practitioners and policy makers from OECD and partner countries will meet virtually to share their experience and discuss good practices on investment promotion and facilitation. 

Session 1 (open) on promoting and facilitating investment in a digital world to discuss how to harness FDI opportunities in the digital economy and improve government services to investors through digitalisation.

Session 2 (closed) on embracing digitalisation in IPA strategies and activities to help IPAs maximise relevance and performance.

Session 3 (closed) on strengthening IPA monitoring and evaluation systems to support IPAs in their prioritisation and sustainability objectives.

Session 4 (closed) on future priorities and governance of the OECD IPA Network.

MENA-OECD session (closed) on integrating digital tools and solutions into MENA IPA activities to maximise relevance and performance.

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

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

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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                  





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





The OECD is working with IPAs to conduct analytical work and facilitate peer-learning in the area of investment promotion and facilitation. The OECD IPA Network was created in 2016 and brings together senior IPA representatives from OECD and partner countries to: 

  • provide a forum for like-minded practitioners that allows discussions and experience sharing between peers

  • benefit from OECD expertise to gather, build and use evidence-based analysis on investment

  • engage with policy makers and IPAs from other countries and regions

The OECD IPA Network is currently chaired by Achim Hartig, Managing Director at Germany Trade and Invest, and closely advised by a Steering Group composed of IPA representatives from Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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



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