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How to Set Up a Non-Profit Organization in Singapore

Published: May 2019

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we discuss the options available to foreign nationals and entities for setting up a non-profit organization (NPO) in Singapore. We begin by introducing the various forms of NPOs in Singapore. We next focus on the process of registering or incorporating a Public Company Limited by Guarantee (PCLG), which is the most preferred form of NPO for overseas nationals or entities in Singapore. We finally discuss the specific tax obligations of NPOs and incentives that are on offer for them in Singapore.


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Verwaltung von Verträgen und Kündigungen in den ASEAN-Staaten

Published: January 2019

In dieser Ausgabe des ASEAN-Briefing Magazins diskutieren wir die Verwaltung von Arbeitsverträgen sowie Kündigungen in den fünf wirtschaftsstärksten ASEAN-Staaten. Zu Beginn beschreiben wir die zentralen Merkmale von Arbeitsverträgen und Sozialversicherungsverpflichtungen. Anschließend gehen wir auf die verschiedenen Compliance-Anforderungen verbunden mit der Kündigung von Arbeitnehmern ein. Abschließend vergleichen wir die aktuellen Mindestlöhne im ASEAN-Raum.


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Export and Import Procedures in ASEAN: Best Practices

Published: December 2018

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we highlight the region’s export and import procedures for the benefit of trading businesses. We begin by outlining the export procedures in each ASEAN member state. Next, we focus on import procedures in each ASEAN country. Finally, we discuss the importance of meeting the region’s Rules of Origin (RoO) criteria for exporters and importers looking to take advantage of the individual ASEAN member states’ FTAs as well as the bloc’s regional FTAs.


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Growing Opportunities for Foreign Investors in Indonesia

Published: November 2018

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we focus on emerging FDI opportunities in Indonesia and highlight the country’s potential as a sound investment destination, including for those looking to shift a part of their production lines from China to ASEAN. We begin by describing the tax incentives available for foreign investors in Indonesia. We next focus on Indonesia’s Special Economic Zones as potential locations for FDI projects. Finally, we analyze the growing opportunities for foreign investors in Indonesia’s lucrative e-commerce sector.


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Managing Contracts and Separation in ASEAN

Published: July 2018

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we discuss how to manage contracts and separation in five major ASEAN economies – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. We begin by describing the salient features of labor contracts and social security obligations. We next discuss the various compliance requirements associated with separation of employees. Finally, we compare current minimum wage rates across ASEAN.


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The 2018/19 ASEAN Tax Comparator

Published: March 2018

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we discuss both the continuity and change in ASEAN’s tax landscape and what it means for foreign investors. We begin by highlighting the salient features of the taxation regimes of the individual member states of ASEAN. We examine the various forms of taxation within ASEAN while highlighting their regional variations. We then provide an inter-country comparison of tax rates, including in relation to PIT, CIT, VAT and GST, which is essential for making informed FDI decisions. Finally, we analyze the ease or burden of tax compliance in ASEAN in 2018 and beyond. We discuss aspects ranging from time and documentation to the effectiveness of government policies for the benefit of would-be investors.


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How to Set Up in Thailand

Published: December 2017

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we analyze the various market entry options available for investors interested in expanding to Thailand. We also discuss the various tax and non-tax incentives on offer for foreign investors in the kingdom. Finally, we discuss the salient features of Thailand’s EEC development plan and highlight the key incentives on offer for overseas investors.


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ASEAN's FTAs and Opportunities for Foreign Businesses

Published: November 2017

In this issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we provide an introduction to some of ASEAN’s FTAs and how foreign investors and exporters can maximize opportunities in this dynamic region. We begin by discussing the salient features of each FTA and the overall benefits they offer. We then discuss the Rules of Origin criteria associated with each FTA that foreign businesses need to be aware of. Finally, we analyze the growing opportunities for investors looking to set up alternative production bases within ASEAN.


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Les Ressources Humaines en ASEAN

Published: October 2017

Dans ce numéro d’ASEAN Briefing, nous discutons de la structure des marchés du travail en ASEAN et mettons en lumière les points les plus importants concernant les salaires et la conformité à tous les niveaux de la chaîne de valeur. Nous donnons une vue d’ensemble comparative des marchés du travail dans la région, montrons les différences en termes de coûts et de conformité entre les marchés, et offrons notre perspective sur l’état des assurances sociales obligatoires à travers le bloc.


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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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