Setting up a representative office
What is a representative office?
A representative office (RO) is a non-trading entity that allows foreign-based companies to have a presence in Malaysia together with their expatriates to explore business opportunities within the country.
A Representative Office allows foreign companies a period of 2-5 years to see if Malaysia is the right place for them to stay and to start their business by setting up a company or branch. The approval for the duration of an establishment of the representative office depends on the merits of each case. There is no tax imposed on a representative office.
It is an extended office of a foreign company approved to
- gather relevant information on investment opportunities in the country,
- promote the export of Malaysian goods and services; and
- to carry out market research and development (R&D).