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Silk Road Briefing
January 19, 2021

The Belt and Road Initiatives Soft Power Strategy: Global Tax & Trade Reform

Although the Belt & Road Initiative is often regarded as an infrastructure ploy, it is additionally supported by far reaching tax and trade incentives.

China Briefing
January 19, 2021

China's 2021 Forecast Policy Priorities: Continuous, Stable And Sustainable Growth

2021 marks a year of key milestones for China – it is the starting point for the 14th Five-Year-Plan and the centenary anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. Market watchers should expect policy agendas amplified to meet long-running targets that will match the sense of occasion.

Russia Briefing
January 19, 2021

Russia's Foreign Minister Annual Speech: Highlights

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s 2021 Speech and Q&A, with details concerning Covid-19 vaccine cooperation, prospects for Russia-US relations under Joe Biden, and a round up of Russia’s relations with the EU, China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan and the Ukraine.

China Briefing
January 17, 2021

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi's Mini 2021 ASEAN Tour: Highlights

China’s Foreign Minister Visits Myanmar, Indonesia, Brunei & Philippines and provides Covid vaccines to pre-empt regional economic recovery. Numerous bilateral and new Belt & Road projects signed off.

Vietnam Briefing
January 18, 2021

A Guide To Investing In Vietnam's Thai-Nguyen Province

Vietnam Briefing examines the reasons why Vietnam's Thai Nguyen province is emerging as a leading investment hub for foreign investment

Silk Road Briefing
January 15, 2021

Opportunities For Post-Brexit British Companies Along China's Belt And Road Initiative

An unnoticed aspect of the Belt & Road Initiative is that China has been developing its soft infrastructure – development of new Free Trade Agreements and Special Economic Zones, all designed to reduce the tax and tariff burden.



ASEAN Briefing
December 22, 2020

Audit & Compliance In Cambodia: A Guide For Foreign Investors

Resident taxpayers are subject to tax on their worldwide income while non-resident taxpayers are taxed on their Cambodia-sourced income only.

China Briefing
December 3, 2020

Annual Audit & Compliance In China

Annual Audit in China: Why it’s Important and How to Get Started. Annual Compliance Requirements and Procedures: the new China Accounting Standards: Get Ready for 2021.

ASEAN Briefing
January 21, 2020

Audit & Compliance In Indonesia

Foreign investors should understand the Company Law, which sets outs the requirements for audit compliance and preparing financial statements. Other important and relevant laws are the Investment Law and Capital Markets Law. If a company’s fiscal year differs from the calendar year, then their deadline for reporting and paying corporate income tax is four months after the end of their fiscal year.

ASEAN Briefing
October 2, 2020

Audit & Compliance In Malaysia

All companies incorporated in Malaysia must have their accounts audited by a Ministry of Finance approved auditor as mandated by the Companies Act of 2016. Most companies in the country choose to have their fiscal period end either on the last day of the year or on the last day of a quarter. Malaysia operates a self-assessment tax system, and tax returns must be filed within seven months of the company’s year-end.

ASEAN Briefing
September 29, 2020

Audit & Compliance In Myanmar

Myanmar operates two assessment systems: the self-assessment system (SAS) and the official assessment system (OAS). The Myanmar Companies Law of 2017 and Myanmar Accountancy Council Law are the main legislation that governs audit and compliance requirements for businesses in the country. Companies incorporated in Myanmar must maintain proper books of accounts as well as appoint an auditor by the company’s directors.

ASEAN Briefing
December 29, 2020

Audit and Compliance in The Philippines: A Guide for Foreign Investors

The Philippines uses a self-assessment tax system, and the accounting period consists of 12 months, normally ending on December 31. Companies whose gross annual earnings exceed PHP3 million (US$61,760) are required to have their accounts audited. All companies must submit their financial statements accompanied by an auditor’s report issued by an independent CPA.

ASEAN Briefing
January 16, 2020

Audit & Compliance In Singapore

Singapore makes it obligatory for registered businesses to hold annual general meetings, file annual financial statements, and to be officially audited. Businesses or business groups that are classified as ‘small’ are exempted from official audits. Foreign investors should use the services of registered local advisors to ensure they stay compliant with the relevant regulations.

ASEAN Briefing
December 28, 2020

Audit and Compliance in Thailand: A Guide for Foreign Investors

All companies in Thailand must now prepare financial statements for their assigned 2020 accounting period to the Ministry of Commerce.

ASEAN Briefing
February 4, 2020

Audit & Compliance In Vietnam

Foreign-owned enterprises (FOEs) and representative offices (ROs) are obligated to have their annual statements audited. Investors should be aware that FOEs and ROs have a different audit and compliance requirements. The government aims to replace the Vietnamese Accounting Standards and adopt the International Financial Reporting Standards by 2025.


ASEAN Briefing
November 16, 2020

New RCEP FTA Rules Of Origin Will Boost Finishing Of Products In Myanmar

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement will provide a boost for foreign investment into ASEAN’s lower wage and lesser skilled countries.

ASEAN Briefing
October 14, 2020

Planning Your 2021 Investment Budget: Opportunities In Indonesia

Already the largest economy in the region, Indonesia is expected to become the world’s fourth-largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity by 2030. The government is continuing to enact structural reforms to develop a more competitive business environment for foreign investors.

ASEAN Briefing
July 23, 2020

New Economic Zones In The Philippines Attracting Foreign Investment

The Philippine government has approved 12 new economic zones, comprising IT centers, IT parks, and manufacturing zones. Through the supporting CREAT Act, corporate income tax rates are reduced and fiscal incentives are in place to attract high-value foreign investment.


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