The Department of State announces the release of the 2019 Investment Climate Statements. Investment Climate Statements help U.S. companies make informed business decisions by providing the latest assessment of conditions in foreign markets on openness to foreign investment, legal regimes and transparency, industrial policies, protection of real and intellectual property rights, state-owned enterprises, responsible business conduct, corruption, and political and security environments. Economic officers at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions prepare these annual reports analyzing over 170 foreign markets. These statements highlight persistent barriers to further U.S. investment. Addressing these barriers would expand high-quality, private sector-led investment in infrastructure, further women’s economic empowerment, and facilitate a healthy business environment for the digital economy.
The reports can be viewed at the following link: https://www.state.gov/investment-climate-statements/. They also form a chapter of the Department of Commerce’s Country Commercial Guides found at https://www.export.gov/ccg.