Singapore Investment Opportunities

Singapore – A Global City
A vibrant, dynamic city state with one of the highest standards of living in the world, Singapore is the world’s easiest place to do business (Doing Business 2011, The World Bank Group) and the world’s most competitive country (World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010, IMD).

Strong governance and protection of intellectual property
Singapore is highly attuned to the needs of enterprises and the need to protect invention and innovation. For the quality of its government policies, Singapore has been rated No. 1 in Asia (PERC, June 2006) and 1st in the world for IP rights protection (Global Competitiveness Report 2010, World Economic Forum). The Republic is also the least corrupt nation in Asia and one of the top five least corrupt countries in the world (World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010, IMD).

Commitment to talent attraction and education
The multi-cultural Singaporean workforce is highly educated, motivated, productive, and proficient in English. Besides a well-educated and well-trained population, its open immigration policy has served to enhance Singapore’s talent pool. This gives companies the opportunity to source for the best personnel from anywhere in the world and access to a truly globalised workforce.

Unparalleled connectivity and infrastructure
With one of the world’s top transportation hubs for sea and air cargo (Singapore’s container ports are the busiest in the world and Changi International Airport is linked to 182 cities in 57 countries, with more than 4,000 weekly flights), passengers and cargo are conveniently and effectively connected to the world. Located at the crossroads of the east-west trading routes in the heart of Asia, Singapore also offers access to fast growing markets such as China and India within a seven-hour flight radius. Singapore’s extensive trade links provide companies with greater market connectivity through the reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers. The Republic currently has the most extensive network of free trade agreements (FTAs) in Asia, enabling Singapore to establish a network to countries that contribute at least 60% of global GDP.

A cosmopolitan city with the best quality of life in Asia
Business aside, you can play as hard as you work in Singapore. The city state is safe and orderly. It is also recognised as one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world. It has an efficient and affordable public transport system, and its healthcare services are world-class. Two new Integrated Resorts – Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa – add to the vibrant nightlife and hospitality scene in Singapore.

Testament to its high quality of living, Singapore was ranked by Mercer as the best place in Asia to work, live and play (Quality of Living 2010, Mercer).

For more information on Singapore, please visit:

Singapore Snapshot ¹

Total population

5.18 million

Resident population
(Singapore citizens and permanent residents)

3.79 million

Total land area

714 sq km

(at current market prices)

US$239.7 billion
US$46,241 (per capita)

Total trade

US$714.6 billion

Top 5 trading partners

Malaysia, EU, China, Indonesia, US

¹ Sources: International Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Department of Statistics

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