A foreign oﬃce may establish a presence in Singapore by setting up a representative oﬃce.
A representative office is prohibited from carrying on a business in Singapore, as it has technically no legal corporate status in Singapore. Registration of a representative office should be considered when a foreign company wishes to test the business environment in Singapore before making investment decisions. It must confine its activities to market research, feasibility studies, promotional and liaison work on behalf of the parent company.
Approval for the establishment of a representative office must be obtained from International Enterprise (IE) Singapore.