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IMI EXCLUSIVE: Vanuatu Reveals Historical Data on All CBI Programs Going Back to 2014

October 9, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   In a historic data release prepared exclusively for IMI, Vanuatu’s Citizenship Commission shares, for the first time, detailed statistics on all four of its past and present citizenship by investment programs. Upon taking the helm as Chairman of the Vanuatu Citizenship Commission earlier this year, a...

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asia-pacific , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , dsp , editors-picks , policy-updates , ronald-warsal , vanuatu

All Citizens “Equal in The Eyes of The Vanuatu Govt.” Assures Chairman Warsal in Response to Media Reports

September 21, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Vanuatu’s citizenship by investment programs have grabbed headlines over the last week chiefly for two reasons: First because the government had signed an exclusive agreement with one of its Master Agents to handle applications from stateless investors. Second, because the country’s Deputy Prime Minister told Radio...

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analysis , asia-pacific , club , david-lesperance , honorary-citizenship , reasonable-doubt , vanuatu , vdsp

Lesperance: Vanuatu Govt. Inadvertently Admits Fatal Flaw in Its Honorary CIP

September 19, 2020

Reasonable DoubtWith David Lesperance A contrarian expert on contingency plans for the wealthy delivers uncomfortable truths. For months, I have been raising the issue that Vanuatu was selling an internationally meaningless status called “honorary citizenship”. In various blog posts, I compared honorary citizenship with being honorarily pregnant in that...

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asia-pacific , citizenship-by-investment , club , dsp , editors-picks , laszlo-kiss , policy-updates , statelessness , vanuatu , vdsp

Vanuatu to Offer Citizenship by Investment to Stateless People – Local Agent Gets Exclusive Deal

September 11, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Vanuatu’s Development Support Program aims to become the first CIP to allow stateless people to apply for citizenship by investment. Vanuatu Lifestyle (the trade name of VAN-LS Ltd), a company that’s also registered as an accredited agent for the Vanuatu Development Support Program (DSP), has obtained...

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asia-pacific , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , data , intel-data , ronald-warsal , statistics , vanuatu

Vanuatu Approving 100+ CBI Applications a Month, Setting Revenue-Records in 2020

August 21, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Four months into his tenure as Chairman of the Vanuatu National Citizenship Commission, Ronald Warsal (pictured) has plenty of reason to smile; the Ministry of Finance and Treasury’s half-year revenue report shows CBI-related revenue during the six-month period that ended on June 30th was the highest...

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club , coronavirus , michael-b-krakat , opinion , travel-restrictions , vanuatu

If We Wait to Re-Open Borders Until Travel is “Safe”, Borders Will Never Re-Open

August 18, 2020

Michael B. KrakatUniversity of the South Pacific Lecturer, Bond University   At a time of exploration and conquest long past, rulers commissioned famous jurists to write expert reports on the importance of the global freedom to travel for all (and, as sub-text, for empires to expand vis-à-vis similar aspirations...

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asia-pacific , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , james-harris , jimmy-ng , policy-updates , prg , vanuatu , vcp , vdsp

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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Devastated by Cyclone, Isolated by Pandemic, Vanuatu Provides For Its Own Thanks to Record CBI-Revenue

May 27, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   At the height of the pandemic, Vanuatu is raking in record CBI-revenue and spending most of it on cyclone and COVID-relief. The new Chairman of Vanuatu’s Citizenship Commission, Ronald Warsal, has confirmed that citizenship by investment-derived revenues have continued to accelerate in 2020. Between January 1st...

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asia-pacific , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , james-harris , policy-updates , politics , vanuatu , vcp , vdsp

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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