An Introduction to Doing Business in ASEAN 2024

Published: December 2023

This publication is designed to introduce the fundamentals of investing in all ten ASEAN countries and includes a guide to corporate establishment, tax advisory, and bookkeeping, in addition to HR and payroll, double tax agreements, and audit and compliance.

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established in 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand to accelerate the economic growth and social development in the region. Brunei Darussalam joined in 1987, Vietnam in 1995, Lao DPR and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by the Russia-Ukraine crisis severely impacted ASEAN economies through rising inflation, with economies in the region growing at an average 4.2 percent in 2023. In response, ASEAN members have quickened the pace of key reforms to improve the ease of doing business and attract foreign investment in new areas, such as high-value manufacturing capabilities and digital technology.

For 2024, the ASEAN-6 economies are expected to show collective growth of 4.6 percent, driven by demand from China is expected to rise as well as the gradual pick-up in consumption in the United States. Despite the gloomy headlines surrounding China’s economy, manufacturing continues to slowly grow which will have a positive spillover effect in Southeast Asia.

ASEAN is home to more than 600 million people (larger than the EU and North America) and has the third-largest labor force behind India and China. Since its inception, the bloc has seen growth in myriad sectors, such as manufacturing, retail, transportation, and telecommunications. The bloc is expected to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030 with domestic consumption expecting to reach US$4 trillion.

This publication, designed to introduce the fundamentals of investing in ASEAN, was compiled by experts at Dezan Shira & Associates, a specialist foreign direct investment practice, providing corporate establishment, business intelligence, tax advisory and compliance, accounting, payroll, due diligence and financial review services to multinationals investing in emerging Asia.

An Introduction to Doing Business in ASEAN 2024 covers the following:

  • Corporate establishment;
  • Tax and accounting;
  • Human resources and payroll; and
  • Audit and compliance.
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