Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 26, 2013


In support of the Department of State’s Economic Statecraft Agenda, the Department today issued 75 Investment Climate Statements for 2013. These statements, updated annually by U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, provide U.S. firms with country-specific information and assessments on investment laws, measures and other important business-related factors in foreign markets. The Investment Climate Statements support U.S. Government efforts to ensure that U.S. businesses have the information they need to make informed decisions on investment in foreign markets.

The Investment Climate Statements showcase many examples of economies improving their investment climates and opening their doors to U.S. firms; identify barriers and market distortions that may deter U.S. investment; and provide information to help U.S. firms assess business risks.

U.S. economic growth will increasingly rely on the ability of U.S. firms to compete and win investment opportunities overseas. Foreign investment is vital to economic growth around the globe, and the United States encourages foreign governments to embrace open, non-discriminatory, predictable, and transparent investment policies. Investment creates good jobs, increases productivity, and raises living standards.

The statements can be viewed at http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/othr/ics/index.htm. Additional Investment Climate Statements for 2013 will be posted on this site as they become available.



PRN: 2013/0215