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Doing business in Singapore

October 1, 2022

Singapore has long been a popular choice in terms of conducting business worldwide. Doing business in Singapore is highly sought after due to factors including the quantity of competent labour, the effective and open economy, and the strict protection of intellectual property rights.

Singapore may be the ideal location for you if you are thinking of expanding your business into foreign markets.

What is Singapore’s overall commercial, financial, and cultural environment?

Financial system

An advanced free-market economy exists in Singapore. Due to its favourable investment environment and politically stable atmosphere, it has a reputation for being open for business. According to Transparency International’s Corruption Index, it was classified as the third lowest corrupt state in 2021.

Leading Industries

The leading industries are:

  • Monetary services;
  • Power and infrastructures;
  • Production (of technologies and chemicals, and in biomedicine, transportation, and automobile industries);
  • Both travel and medical travel;
  • Technology for information and communication.

Inhabitants and Languages

5.68 million people are thought to be living there. 4.04 million people are living there, of whom 3.52 million are natives and half of a million are long-term residents. English is the main language and the official language. The official languages are English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil, which are also the most widely spoken languages.

Availability of infrastructure and location

First-time tourists are surprised by the nation’s first-rate infrastructure. It boasts a renowned, cutting-edge international airport as well as first-rate roads, structures, subways, and other technical capabilities. All of these are crucial for Singapore’s business environment.

Singapore’s geographic location also affords it the distinctive value of installing access to the whole Asian population, particularly to other commercial centres. Consequently, if you intend to conduct business in Singapore, you would be able to establish crucial and advantageous trade ties around the area.

Accessible skilled employees

Singapore’s excellent educational system is well-known around the world. Therefore, it is not astonishing that this nation has one of the most skilled labours in the world. Along with their education and technical proficiency, Singaporeans are renowned for their diligence and adherence to the law. Additionally, the welcoming immigration policies draw a lot of talent from across the world, which you may hire for your company by collaborating with an established recruiting firm.

Justice System

What kind of legal framework does Singapore generally have?

Singapore’s judicial system is composed of both common law and approved legislation from Parliament. Singapore is without a federal structure. Its three distinct branches of government, which are modelled after the Westminster system, are the: Legislative, Executive and Judiciary.

Regulatory approvals for international ventures

Before purchasing any of the following categories of property, foreign investors must obtain authorisation from the Singapore Lands Authority:

  • residential properties with land and vacant dwellings;
  • association foundations;
  • boarding homes, serviced flats, and dorms for workers.

International investors must apply for a Qualifying Permit from the Singapore Lands Authority if they want to buy restricted property to build apartments or homes for sale.

Primary Commercial Vehicles

Currently, prevalent types of commercial vehicles include:

  • private businesses with share capital;
  • public firms with share capital;
  • VCCs;
  • branches;
  • partnerships;
  • single-person businesses;
  • business trusts.

Registration and Establishment

Online company registration is possible by:

  • a national of Singapore;
  • a long-term occupant;
  • a person with an online account who uses it to access government e-services in Singapore.

Foreign individuals and organizations are required to use authorized file representatives.

Registration of a company entails:

  • requesting approval of a suggested business name;
  • applying for incorporation.

Additionally, some company categories (such as financial service providers) require approval from other organizations.

Unless further licenses or permits from other governmental organizations are required for the company’s commercial activity, it can start operating as soon as it registers with the ACRA.

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