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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.

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.

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.


2017 ASEAN Briefing Annual Subscription

Published: February 2017

The 2017 ASEAN Briefing subscription package includes a new magazine issue every quarter. At a RRP of USD 59.96 or 56 credits, this package represents a saving of 30%, or even more if purchased with credits!

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.

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.

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.

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.


2016 ASEAN Briefing Magazine Annual Subscription

Published: February 2016

The brand new ASEAN Briefing magazine is the newest addition to our product portfolio. It replaces our well-received Asia Briefing magazine title to address specific topics across the ASEAN region. Subscription includes 6 magazine issues (4 regular issues, 2 special editions) and Tax, Accounting & Audit in Vietnam 2016, released in February 2016. Upon publication, you will receive these directly to your inbox.

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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