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Administrative Measures on Outbound Investment

Scope of Application

Measures for the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and provincial commerce departments, as well as developers and contractors operating overseas.


Offers measures for approval and regulation of companies’ proposals for overseas investment and activities.

General Key Points

Financiers should: 

  • Require developers and contractors to protect the environment.


Developers and Contractors should not:

  • Harm China’s national sovereignty, security, and public interests.
  • Violate Chinese laws and regulations.
  • Harm China’s diplomatic relations with host countries.
  • Violate international treaties or agreements that China has concluded or joined.
Key Points on Stakeholder Engagement

Financiers should: 

  • Require developers and contractors to comply with host country laws and local customs.
  • Require developers and contractors to fulfill social responsibilities and protect laborers. 
  • Implement staff and property safety precautions by establishing emergency warning mechanisms and contingency plans. 


Developers and Contractors should:

  • Respond to overseas emergencies in accordance with the direction of Chinese Embassies, Chinese Consulates, and domestic authorities. 
Key Points on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

Developers and Contractors should:

  • Assess their own conditions and capacity objectively.
  • Conduct in-depth research about host countries.
  • Pay attention to risk prevention. 
Applies to
September 2014
Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM)
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