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  Business Environment

  • Consistently voted as one of the world’s easiest places to do business
  • Robust and efficient legal framework
  • Most extensive network of Free Trade Agreements in Asia
  • Comprehensive list of financial and tax incentive schemes for companies
  • One of the world’s lowest corporate tax at 17%
  • Asia’s financial gateway with access to diverse capital markets and cutting-edge financial services
  • Fast emerging as the region’s risk management centre and derivative trading hub

International Rankings

  • #1 worldwide for ease of doing business (Source: Doing Business 2012 Report, World Bank)
  • #1 most open economy for international trade and investment (Source: BERI Report 2011-II, Aug 2011)
  • #1 in the world for protection of Intellectual Property (Source: The Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, World Economic Forum)
  • #1 worldwide as the city with best investment potential for 16 consecutive years (Source: BERI Report 2011-II, Aug 2011)
  • Among top 3 most competitive countries in the world (Source:The World Competitiveness Yearbook 2011, International Institute for Management Development (IMD))

Singapore IPO Market

  • More than 200 international firms from over 20 countries listed on SGX
  • Raised S$11bn in IPO market cap in 2010, a 5-fold jump from 2009
  • Recent high profile IPOs include
    • Hutchinson Port Holdings Trust, Singapore’s largest IPO at US$5.4bn
    • Global Logistics Properties, world’s largest real estate IPO, and
    • Sabana Shari’ah REIT, world’s largest and Singapore’s first Sharia-compliant REIT