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How to Set Up in the Philippines

Published: July 2017

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we provide an introduction to the Philippines as well as analyze the various market entry options available for investors interested in expanding to the island nation. We also discuss the step-by-step process for setting up a business entity in the Philippines, highlighting the various statutory requirements for overseas investors. Finally, we explore the potential for Singapore to serve as a viable base to administer investors’ Philippine operations.


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Payroll Processing and Compliance in Singapore

Published: June 2017

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing, we discuss payroll processing and reporting in Singapore as well as analyze the options available for foreign companies looking to centralize their ASEAN payroll processes. We begin by discussing the various regulations that impact salary computation, and tax and social security calculation in Singapore. We then explore the potential for Singapore to emerge as a premier payroll processing center in ASEAN. Finally we consider the benefits of outsourcing payroll – both Singapore-based and ASEAN-wide – to a reliable third-party payroll processing provider.


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Human Resources in ASEAN

Published: December 2016

Although optimization of ASEAN based investment can present a degree of uncertainty due to the magnitude of regulation and diversity within the regional bloc’s labor markets, those with up-to-date information on staffing regulation, prevailing hiring conditions, and costs between markets will be able to make targeted decisions pertaining to the location and structure of their operations. In this issue of ASEAN Briefing, we discuss the prevailing structure of ASEAN’s labor markets and outline key considerations regarding wages and compliance at all levels of the value chain. We highlight comparative sentiment on labor markets within the region, showcase differences in cost and compliance between markets, and provide insight on the state of statutory social insurance obligations throughout the bloc.


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The Guide to Manufacturing in Indonesia

Published: October 2016

Choosing if, where, and how to establish foreign manufacturing operations in Indonesia can be a significant challenge. While the archipelago’s vast diversity may initially seem daunting, a number of options are available which will allow entry and operations to be conducted in a seamless manner. In this issue of ASEAN Briefing, we discuss the growing importance of Indonesia as a hub for manufacturing within Southeast Asia, and provide guidance on how to select and establish operations within the country.


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Comparador de los tipos impositivos en ASEAN para los años 2016/2017

Published: August 2016

En esta edición de ASEAN Briefing, examinamos la fiscalidad regional de ASEAN a través de la comparación de impuestos de sociedades, impuestos indirectos y retención de impuestos. Además les presentamos el resumen de los diferentes marcos de cumplimiento existentes en la región y analizamos la situación fiscal en el contexto de tiempo y de la documentación requerida en cada país.


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The 2016/17 ASEAN Tax Comparator

Published: June 2016

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing, we examine regional taxation in ASEAN through a comparison of corporate, indirect, and withholdings taxation. We further present an overview of the compliance environments found across the region and analyze ASEAN’s tax environment in the context of the time and documentation required in each country.


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Managing ASEAN Expansion from Singapore

Published: March 2016

For the second issue of our ASEAN Briefing Magazine, we look at the benefits of using Singapore a hub for the management of regional operations throughout ASEAN. We firstly focus on the position of Singapore relative to its competitors, such as the Netherlands and Hong Kong. We then provide step-by-step instructions on corporate establishment, and provide expert insight on maximizing returns through the reduction respective tax burdens.


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Annual Audit and Compliance in ASEAN

Published: January 2016

For the first issue of our ASEAN Briefing Magazine, we look at the different audit and compliance regulations of five of the main economies in ASEAN. We firstly focus on the accounting standards, filing processes, and requirements for Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. We then provide similar information on Singapore, and offer a closer examination of the city-state’s generous audit exemptions for small-and-medium sized enterprises.


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The Cost of Doing Business in ASEAN Compared with China

Published: August 2015

In this issue of Asia Briefing magazine, we provide a comprehensive overview of the cost of doing business in China compared with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). We analyze some of the key considerations that will impact upon the profits of an Asia-based business, including labor costs, social welfare, and industrial land prices. In addition, we take a look at how ASEAN’s export volume and GDP per capita currently compares with China.


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ASEAN Investment Horizons: Key Industries for AEC 2015

Published: September 2014

In this issue of Asia Briefing, we forecast the effects of ASEAN Economic Community on foreign investment into the region in the lead up to 2015. Following this, we highlight what is happening in some of ASEAN’s hottest industries for investment, including electronics, information and communications technology, textiles and medical devices. Lastly, we examine the growing potential of bilateral trade between ASEAN and India in light of recent historic developments in the latter.



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