Investment Opportunities in Singapore

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Protection of Foreign Investment

Bilateral Investment Conventions Signed By Singapore

Singapore has signed investment promotion and protection agreements with a wide range of countries. These agreements mutually protect nationals or companies of either country against war and non-commercial risks of expropriation and nationalization for an initial period of 15 years and continue thereafter unless otherwise terminated.
Visit: Singapore 's FTA Network

International Controversies Registered By UNCTAD
Singapore has no laws that force foreign investors to transfer ownership to local interests and as such no disputes are pending with UNCTAD.
Organizations Offering Their Assistance in Case of Disagreement
SIAC , The Singapore International Arbitration Center
SMC , Singapore Mediation Center
Member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Singapore East Asia & Pacific United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 10.0 5.2 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 9.0 4.5 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 9.0 6.3 9.0 5.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 9.3 5.3 8.3 5.0

Source: Doing Business

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
Acquisition of Holdings
Possible. A majority stake in the capital of a local company is legal in Singapore.
Obligation to Declare
It is obligatory to declare if the proposed company name includes a trademark or patent name or the name of another company/business already existing in any other country.
Competent Organization For the Declaration
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority
Requests For Specific Authorizations
Though country's legal framework and governmental policies does not require any specific authorization to invest in the country; but certain limits exist in sectors like telecommunications, broadcasting, domestic news media, financial and some professional services. For these sectors, the Articles of Incorporation may include shareholding limits that restrict ownership in corporations by foreign persons. Moreover, Finance Ministry approval is required for acquisition of local bank when exceeding the specified share limit.
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Office Real Estate and Land Ownership

Possible Temporary Solutions

Business Parks in Singapore

Guide for investors

Singapore Expatriates Relocation Specialist

Serviced offices

The Possibility of Buying Land and Industrial and Commercial Buildings
Risk of Expropriation
Singapore has no law forcing foreign investors to transfer ownership locally and has not expropriated any property till date.

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Investment Aid

Forms of Aid
Founders of a new business in Singapore can request assistance from certain institutions or national organizations. Generally, aids or incentives are negotiated before the company's registration. Investors can contact the Singapore Trade Development Board (STDB), which mainly aims at promoting foreign investments and exports. Moreover, the Economic Development Board (EDB) is in charge of increasing foreign setting ups in Singapore by granting different forms of subsidies.
Privileged Domains
The government gives preference to investments in high value-added manufacturing and services activities as part of its strategy to replace labor-intensive, low value-added activities that have migrated offshore, particularly China.
Privileged Geographical Zones

The free-trade zones (FTZs) in Singapore may be used for storage and repackaging of import and export cargo and goods transiting for subsequent re-export. Manufacturing is not carried out within the zones. Foreign and local firms have equal access to the FTZ facilities.

Free Zones
Singapore has five free trade zones, out of which, four are for seaborne cargo and one for airfreight.
Organizations Which Finance
Credit Bureau of Singapore Ltd (CBS)


Credit Scan

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Investment Opportunities

The Key Sectors of the National Economy
Services, construction, manufacturing.
High Potential Sectors
Aircraft and parts, oil trading and refining.
Privatization Programs
Privatization is being enforced in sectors like Telecommunications, Airlines which are dominated by public companies.
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Ministry of Finance, Government Procurement Opportunities
Tenders Info, Tenders in Singapore
Asian Development Bank, Procurement Plans in Asia
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide

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Sectors Where Investment Opportunities Are Fewer

Monopolistic Sectors
Sectors in Decline

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