Investing in...Country Q&A tool

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1. How does your jurisdiction compare internationally as a destination for inward investment?
 
2. What types of companies are attracting foreign investment into your jurisdiction and what are the most active sectors?
 
3. What will be the main factors affecting the market and how do you expect the market to develop?
 

Legal system

4. Please briefly outline the government and legal system.
 
5. What are the key laws and regulatory authorities governing foreign investment in your jurisdiction?
 
6. What international treaty organisations and/or economic, customs or monetary unions or free-trade areas is your jurisdiction a member of?
 
7. What other international agreements apply to foreign investment?
 

Investor individuals

8. Are there any visas, permits or other requirements for foreign individuals entering your jurisdiction for business purposes?
 
9. Are there any visa waivers or fast-track procedures available for foreign individuals entering your jurisdiction as investors?
 
10. What are the circumstances under which an individual becomes liable to pay tax in your jurisdiction? Can individuals be liable for tax on foreign-source income?
 

Investment restrictions

11. Are there any restrictions on foreign ownership and investment in specific industry sectors? Do any formalities, permit or notification requirements apply?
 
12. Does the government retain and exercise control over certain industry sectors? If so how?
 
13. Are there restrictions on foreign ownership or occupation of real estate? Do any formalities, permit or notification requirements apply?
 
14. Are there any minimum capital requirements for foreign investment?
 
15. Are there any exchange control or currency regulations? Are there any restrictions on the remittance of profits abroad?
 

Imports

16. Are there any restrictions on the importation of commercial goods?
 
17. What import duties apply to commercial goods?
 
18. Are the safety regulations and standards applicable to commercial goods in your jurisdiction compatible with other standards that are recognised internationally?
 
19. Are there any similar or equivalent restrictions on providing services into another jurisdiction?
 

Structuring and tax

20. How is foreign investment into your jurisdiction typically structured? What forms of legal vehicle are attractive to foreign investors?
 
21. What are the circumstances under which a business becomes liable to pay tax in your jurisdiction?
 
22. What are the main business tax rates?
 
23. What is the tax treatment in your jurisdiction of profits from an investee company remitted outside your jurisdiction by an investor?
 
24. What transfer pricing and/or thin capitalisation restrictions may apply to investments into your jurisdiction from elsewhere?
 

Incentives

25. What tax incentive or other schemes exist to encourage foreign investment?
 

Investment guarantees

26. What legal guarantees exist against expropriation and/or provide for appropriate compensation? What is your government's track record in this regard?
 
27. Are there any issues in relation to the enforcement of intellectual property rights?
 
28. Are there any issues in relation to the gaining and enforcement of judgments and/or arbitral awards?
 

Recent developments and proposals for reform

29. Have there been any significant recent or proposed legal developments affecting investors?
 
30. Are there any planned or on-going treaty negotiations or political developments that could have an impact on your jurisdiction's bilateral relationships with other nations and/or other economic, customs or monetary unions, free-trade areas or markets?
 
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