How Singaporean Investors Invest in Other Countries
FDI within the APAC region are most common among Singaporean investors. Here are some interesting statistics about how they are investing abroad:
In 2017, 6 of the 10 leading independent nations which received FDI from Singapore were in the APAC region
Top 10 receivers of FDI from Singapore in 2017 includes, totaling to almost S$700 billion:
- China (including Hong Kong)
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
- The Netherlands
270% increase in total amount of FDI invested from 2006-2017
RECOMMENDATION: Only invest in other countries after identifying the risks and be sure to have emergency funds should the investment yield negative returns.
With FDI to other countries, not only does it benefit the investor, it also helps the government and economy in the long-run.
Business Grants for Overseas Investment
To encourage more local investors and business owners to set up and expand overseas, the Singapore government has initiated the Market Readiness Assistance (MRA) Grant to assist with the internationalisation of companies.
Under this grant, local companies with at least 30% local shareholding and revenue of less than S$100 million can get up to 70% of funding for eligible costs under 3 categories – overseas market promotion, overseas business development, and overseas market setup.
Companies in Singapore can use the grant as many times as they wish for expansion into different countries. Through this grant, the government hope to deliver on its promise to push local brands into the overseas market to spur FDI overseas.