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Vanuatu’s Dual-CIP Era Drawing to a Close? “Hong Kong-Jimmy” Receives Termination Notice

May 29, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   In a remarkable turn of events, Vanuatu’s new Deputy Prime Minister has served Jimmy Ng King Cheung – the country’s Trade Commissioner to Hong Kong and sole authorized agent for the parallel citizenship by investment program, the Vanuatu Contribution Program (VCP) -with a three-month termination notice....

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Vanuatu Citizenship Commission’s New Chairman Tasked With Addressing Dual Program Paradox

May 12, 2020

Image credit: Vanuatu Daily Post James E. HarrisBangkok/London   The newly appointed Chairman of Vanuatu’s Citizenship Commission is a political heavy-weight and was, until Vanuatu’s March 2020 General Election, Deputy Leader of the Opposition. A former Justice Minister, Ronald Warsal was appointed by the incoming Prime Minister Hon. Bob...

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10 On The Weekend – James E. Harris: “Demand for Vanuatu CIP Can Explode if New Govt. Takes Action”

May 9, 2020

Ten On The Weekend is a weekly feature on IMI, the concept of which is simple: Each weekend, we ask the same ten questions to a different industry figure, letting readers get to know the interviewee on a more personal and informal level than they might in an ordinary business...

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In a Pandemic World, Vanuatu Has Placed Itself Under a Microscope

April 3, 2020

David LesperanceLesperance & Associates   My original article of Feb. 25, 2020, which questioned the viability of Vanuatu’s Honorary Citizenship program, has generated some controversy. Most notable was a response from James E. Harris of the Vanuatu Investment Migration Bureau. He published a follow-up article on March 2, 2020. These two articles,...

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Harris: In Response to the Question of Honorary Citizenship in Vanuatu

March 2, 2020

James E. HarrisBangkok/London   The below letter to the editor has been reprinted with the author’s permission. Dear Christian, I read with interest the opinion piece penned by Mr Lesperance (IMI Daily, 25 February, 2020). Intelligent debate surrounding the Vanuatu Citizenship Program is to be welcomed, and IMI Daily...

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Vanuatu Introduces Tax ID Numbers – What Does it Mean for Citizenship Investors?

February 24, 2020

James E. HarrisBangkok/London   As part of the newly implemented Vanuatu Tax Administration Act (TAA 37), a system for issuance of Personal and Corporate “Tax Identification Numbers” (TIN) has been introduced by the Vanuatu Customs and Inland Revenue Department. As anyone who has opened or operated a bank account...

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Vanuatu Suspends Passport Deliveries Over Coronavirus Concerns

January 31, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   In response to the developing global crisis arising from the rapid spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus, Vanuatu’s Immigration Head, Jeffrey Markson, has taken the unprecedented step of banning, until further notice, all passport deliveries to Southeast and North Asia.  This will, of course, present considerable practical...

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Vanuatu Govt. Moves to Stop Agents Undercutting Official Price

December 18, 2019

James E. HarrisLondon/Bangkok   Vanuatu Citizenship Commission email communicates clear directive from PM’s Office for adherence by Designated Agents to official minimum pricing levels. In a clear statement of intent to further tighten the management and distribution of Vanuatu’s Citizenship Programs (the Development Support Program (DSP) and Vanuatu Contribution...

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Harris: Vanuatu Government Addresses the “Multiple Citizenship Program” Paradox

April 26, 2019

James E. HarrisBangkok   By James Elcocke-Harris – Vanuatu Information Centre, and Saleh Latif – Vanuatu Investment Migration Bureau. We’ve Been Expecting You It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the whole world has been waiting for Vanuatu to take steps towards a unification of the various programs...

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