Advisory Services: Investment Promotion Section (IPS)

Development context:

With the globalization of economic activities, developing countries are increasingly seeking foreign direct investment (FDI). This has resulted in proactive policies to attract and retain FDI in order to generate employment, increase exports, improve access to technology, and direct investment towards sustainable development goals (SDG) sectors.


IPS advisory services aim at assisting developing countries to strengthen their capacity to create and manage the policy and institutional framework for attracting and retaining foreign investment.


The IPS programme deals with issues related to investment policies, investment legislation and regulations, institutional arrangements and good governance to attract and facilitate foreign investment, investment promotion strategies and techniques and investment facilitation practices. Special attention is being paid to strengthening investment promotion programmes in least developed countries (LDCs) and to promoting investment in the SDGs.


China, Egypt, France, Ireland, Jordan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

UNCTAD's assistance on investment promotion and facilitation is demand driven.
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Samples of advisory services:

  • Eastern Europe, Southern Europe and Central Asia: Investment Ombudsman System as an alternative dispute resolution through IPAs (case study).

  • El Salvador: Development of an investor targeting strategy in the medical devices sector.

  • Ethiopia: Strengthening investment promotion and facilitation in Ethiopia at the federal and regional levels (included subnational investment opportunities reports and sectoral investor targeting strategies).

  • Greater Mekong Region: Advice on mobility of business people particularly for the purpose of investment promotion (China, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam).

  • Haiti and Dominican Republic: Advice on the expansion of Border-Zone Industrial Parks

  • Honduras: Recommendations on a national investment promotion strategy.

  • India: Advice on the promotion of bankable FDI projects in the solar energy sector.

  • Jamaica: Advice on special economic zones, promoting sustainability, and attracting FDI for renewables and energy efficiency.

  • Kenya: Advice on policy advocacy objectives, process, and tools, as well as the development and promotion of solar energy FDI projects.

  • Lao PDR: Advice on service excellence in investment and development of a client charter.

  • Malta: Review of an investment promotion strategy.

  • Moldova: Advice on an operational investment promotion strategy.

  • Myanmar: Advice and capacity-building on the analysis of FDI projects.

  • Nigeria: Technical advice on the establishment of a new Department of Investment of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

  • Palestinian Authority: Institutional support and capacity building for investment retention.

  • Peru: Strengthening investment promotion capacity and development of an investor targeting strategy in agro-industry.

  • Rwanda: Advice on foreign investors' perceptions of Rwanda and the development of client charters for government institutions dealing with investment.

  • Serbia: Development of an investment promotion strategy for Vojvodina.

  • Silk Road Region: Development of investment guides for the Silk Road.

  • Tanzania: Development of a Client Charters for the Tanzania Investment Centre.

  • Uganda: Preparation of a Team Uganda Client Charter with 49 public institutions that deal with investors.

  • Zambia: Advice and training on service excellence in investment and development of a Client Charter.


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