On July 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of State released the 2019 Investment Climate Statements, which provide country-specific information on the business climates of more than 170 countries and are prepared by economic officers stationed at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world. They analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses of all sizes.
Topics include Openness to Investment, Legal and Regulatory systems, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property Rights, Transparency, Performance Requirements, State-Owned Enterprises, Responsible Business Conduct, and Corruption.
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.
These statements also form a chapter of the Department of Commerce’s Country Commercial Guides.
For more information on the investment climate in a specific economy, you can reach out to the point of contact identified at the end of each report. You can find the 2019 report here.
For all other inquiries, or to provide suggestions on how to improve the Investment Climate Statements, please contact the Office of Investment Affairs at the U.S. Department of State at EB-ICS-DL@state.gov.