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Foreign Investment Policy
Foreign capital plays a key role in the development of Singapore’s industries and resources. In the Global Enabling Trade Report 2009 by the WEF, Singapore was ranked the most open economy in the world of international trade and investment. With very few barriers to foreign investments and a large number of investment incentives available, foreign investors, both in partnership with local companies or on their own account, are strongly encouraged to pursue opportunities in Singapore.

Those foreign investment restrictions that do exist in Singapore are primarily in the broadcasting and domestic news media sectors, legal and other professional services, multi-level marketing, property ownership and retail banking industries.

Government initiatives and incentives

In order to promote economic and industrial development in Singapore, the government has introduced various tax concessions, incentives and development schemes. However, certain conditions may need to be satisfied for these incentives to be available.

The available tax incentives are found mainly in the following legislation:
  • Economic Expansion Incentives (Relief from Income Tax) Act (Cap 86)
  • Income Tax Act (Cap 134).

Broadly speaking, there are two types of tax incentives – incentives to attract specific investments and incentives to promote overseas investment. Most of the tax incentives are administred by the EDB, the MAS or the IES. These incentives extend to a wide range of business sectors.

Some of the financial and tax incentives available are as follows – this is not an exhaustive list; the incentives available may vary from time to time.