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The International Business Hub Competition between Hong Kong and Singapore

Updated time: 13 Jun, 2019, 08:40 (UTC+08:00)

For many years, Hong Kong and Singapore have been competing for the crown of “Best Place of Doing Business” as both are international respected powerhouses within the Asia region and worldwide, respectively.

The International Business Hub Competition between Hong Kong and Singapore

They both have world-class infrastructures and facilities while boasting tax-friendly policies, quick and easy company setup procedures and social stability.

However, both jurisdictions do have their similarities and differences when it comes to benefits between them which we will disclose for a better understanding as a particular jurisdiction might be more suitable to one person compared to the other.

Their similarities are noted in the table below:

Similarities Hong Kong Singapore
Location Centre of Asia
Access to other cities Major cities of Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and North America
Spoken language English and Chinese
Time to set up a business 1 - 3 working days
Financial centre Yes Yes
Minimum Shareholder 1
Minimum Director 1

When it comes to the differences, Hong Kong and Singapore offer different benefits revolving around the setup of an offshore company:

Differences Hong Kong Singapore
Resident Director required No Yes
Statutory audits required Yes No
Corporate Income Tax (CIT) (%) Capped at 16.5% Capped at 17%
CIT Rebate 50% income under
2,000,000 HKD
50% income under
300,000 SGD
GST (VAT) Tax (%) 0 7
Personal Income Tax Rate None A flat rate of 15% charged for foreign-sourced income

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