APEC has updated its investment guide for the Asia-Pacific region, which aims to improve transparency of investment policies and regulations and to enhance cross-border investment, fundamental to strong economic growth.

Developed by the APEC Investment Experts’ Group, the "Guide to Investment Regimes of APEC Member Economies" is available for download from the APEC website.

The guidebook, now in its seventh edition, is an authoritative resource for existing and potential investors in the region, providing clear and relevant information about policies, regulatory considerations and statutory requirements that effect investment in each economy.

The guide aims to deepen business understanding of individual economies’ investment climates and to enable government officials to compare investment frameworks in the region to further liberalise their own investment regimes and promote business friendly policies.

Information was sought from APEC members about their investment regimes, with 16 economies answering a standard set of questions for the guide. The questionnaires themselves were completely updated for this edition, to more directly address the interests and needs of guide users.

The online guide covers regulation of foreign investment, (including the process for investment and any conditions of investment), investment protection (including property rights, dispute settlement and flow of funds), treatment of foreign nationals or personnel of foreign firms as well as taxation. It also includes key contact information and web links in each of the economies.