IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 28 Sep 2009 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

FDI: Entry and ownership rule

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower has introduced changes to the country's EntrePass framework effective 28 September 2009. The EntrePass framework regulates access of foreign business start ups to the city-state. The new regulation subjects receipt and renewal of such permits to various new qualifications.
 
From the end of September 2009, foreign entrepreneurs seeking to set up a business in Singapore need to supply at least S$ 50'000 in capital, up from S$ 3'000. Also, the new EntrePass framework requires successful applicants to own a stake of 30 percent or more of the established company, and the company to be of a certain legal form.
 
As for the renewal of EntrePass permits, the Ministry now requires participants to employ mimimum numbers of local employees and to reach certain thresholds of business expenditure within Singapore. Depending on the type of permit, at least 2 to 8 locals have to be employed. Mimimum total business spending ranges from S$ 100'000 to S$ 300'000.

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