We’re exploring consulting connections all around Asia (we are based in western Japan) and I just got off Skype with a promising CEO in Singapore whose firm sets up banking accounts for clients there. He says it’s not that difficult as the banks are eager, they have relations, and all are nearby for personal communication. Background of logistics in South East Asia (includes stories of running packages in and out of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc.) where rules and regulations change, payoffs can be necessary, and personal relations trump all.
I’ve gotten around regulations (setting up a personal account for a non-resident, non-citizen) in the U.S. by having an American firm with large accounts simply direct their bank to do it. Done. Regulations begone.
Happy to introduce you, if you’re doing some kind of business, can bring something to the table, have the wherewithall to negotiate, arrange, be nice, grow relations, not looking for something for nothing. Duncan