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Top 5 Most Popular FAQs
What is the International Headquarters Award (IHQ)?
The International Headquarters Award provides a reduced corporate tax rate of 5% or 10% on incremental income from qualifying activities. Applicants are required to submit plans for substantive global headquarters activities to be carried out in Singapore, including proposed commitments in incremental business spending and creation of professional employment.
Where can I find comprehensive information about grants for SMEs?
For information about SME grants, please visit
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Where can I get statistics on RHQ firms based in Singapore?
Singapore is a host to many companies from around the world. It is hard for EDB to have a good sense of how many RHQs there are in Singapore as some of these HQs have been set up without having gone through EDB.
What is Global Investment Programme?
Foreign individuals who wish to set up and operate a business in Singapore will find it easier with the Global Investor Programme.
Start a business in Singapore
Contact Singapore is a one stop centre for entrepreneurs and business owners who are interested in relocating to and investing in Singapore.
We advise family businesses on their entry and stay in Singapore. Whether creating new businesses or expanding businesses in Singapore, we connect entrepreneurs and business owners with relevant partners to facilitate their decision making to establish strategic activities in Singapore. Contact Singapore also administers the Global Investor Programme, which accords Singapore Permanent Residence status to investors with substantial business track record and successful entrepreneurial background who intend to drive their business and investment growth from Singapore.
For more information on the Global Investor Programme and the application process, please refer to this link -
What is the EDB?
Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)
is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. EDB dreams, designs and delivers solutions that create value for investors and companies in Singapore. Our mission is to create for Singapore, sustainable economic growth with vibrant business and good job opportunities. EDB’s ‘Home’ strategy articulates how we are positioning Singapore for the future. It is about extending Singapore's value proposition to businesses not just to help them improve their bottom line, but also to help them grow their top line through establishing and deepening strategic activities in Singapore to drive their business, innovation and talent objectives in Asia and globally.
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