Investment Climate Statements

About the Investment Climate Statements

The U.S. Department of State’s Investment Climate Statements, prepared annually by U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions abroad, provide country-specific information and assessments of the investment climate in foreign markets. The Investment Climate Statements include examples of expanding openness to foreign investment and investor protections, as well as challenges and barriers to investment. Click here to view the 2017 Investment Climate Statements.

The statements cover a breadth of topics that can help U.S. investors make informed investment decisions, including:

  • Market barriers
  • Business risk
  • Legal and regulatory system
  • Dispute resolution
  • Corruption
  • Political violence
  • Labor issues
  • Intellectual property rights

These statements are also included as Chapter 6 in the Department of Commerce’s Country Commercial Guides, which can be found on the U.S. Department of Commerce's website.

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.

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 We appreciate your comments.