Vanuatu’s Honorary Citizenship Scheme Has Strict Screening

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Vanuatu’s Honorary Citizenship Scheme Has Strict Screening So far 6 Chinese investors have been granted citizenship

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 3, 2015) – The direct-general of Vanuatu's Ministry of Internal Affairs says the government's scheme for selling honorary citizenship features a stringent screening process.

The scheme, part of the government's post-Cyclone Pam Economic Recovery programme, began in April with the government seeking new sources of funding to recover from the economic devastation of the March natural disaster.

Successful applicants paying Vanuatu 120,000 US dollars - six Chinese have so far been awarded honorary citizenship.

George Bogiri says the screening process is carried out by the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Vanuatu government under the attorney-general's office.

"That unit is linked with Interpol, and that's where we check all applicants. All the applicants who are cleared by the FIU are allowed to apply for honorary citizenship. Those who are not cleared by FIU through Interpol are not allowed."

George Bogiri says the scheme is advancing well.

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