Asia Briefing Report: An Introduction to Doing Business in Singapore

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Asia Briefing’s new report touches on everything you need to know about doing business in Singapore, and is now available as a complimentary PDF download!

Aug. 28 – Asia Briefing, in cooperation with its parent firm Dezan Shira & Associates, has just released a new 25-page report introducing everything that a foreign investor should be familiar with when establishing and operating a business in Singapore. This guide, titled “An Introduction to Doing Business in Singapore,” is immediately available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore.

In a global economy dominated by huge industrial powers, the city-state of Singapore has carved out its competitive niche as a destination for regional headquarters, branch offices and holding companies for doing business all across Asia.

Singapore offers foreign investors a highly skilled workforce, English-speaking business environment, business-friendly legal and tax systems, immense logistics and transportation capacities, and over sixty double taxation avoidance agreements, among other advantages. Furthermore, the city-state consistently takes measures to align its policies with the international standards emanating from the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and even issue-centric organizations like the International Accounting Standards Board.

Singapore has consistently been ranked first on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, with particular strengths in “protecting investors” and “trading across borders.” In fact, the city-state runs in such an efficient, business-friendly manner that it has been said to run like a corporation itself; “Singapore Inc.”

1. Establishing and Running a Business

  • What are my options for investment?
  • How do I establish a company?

2. Tax and Accounting

  • What are Singapore’s major taxes?
  • What are some of the key compliance requirements?

3. Human Resources and Payroll

  • How do I hire staff/workers?
  • What major legal obligations does a company have for its staff/workers?

“An Introduction to Doing Business in Singapore” is out now and immediately available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore.

Dezan Shira & Associates is a specialist foreign direct investment practice, providing corporate establishment, business advisory, tax advisory and compliance, accounting, payroll, due diligence and financial review services to multinationals investing in emerging Asia. Since its establishment in 1992, the firm has grown into one of Asia’s most versatile full-service consultancies with operational offices across China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Vietnam as well as liaison offices in Italy and the United States.

For further details or to contact the firm, please email, visit, or download the company brochure.

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