The project on investment guides and capacity building for least developed countries (LDCs) is a joint initiative by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to help LDCs attract more foreign direct investment (FDI).
The UNCTAD-ICC investment guide is meant to be both an attractive marketing tool for Governments and a credible assessment tool for investors.
Distinctive features include the following:
The guide is a third-party creation, produced by two international organizations for use by host-country Governments. It is for the Government but not by the Government.
The guide is not a how to guide but a why guide. While it does provide a brief account of the procedures for new investors to follow, the focus is not on implementing an investment decision already made but on making it in the first place. First and foremost, the guide offers an overview of an investment location to a reader who is assumed to know very little about the country.
The guide is distributed not only by Governments but also by UNCTAD and ICC through such channels as the national committees of the ICC, outward investment agencies of major home countries, and launching events in regional hubs.