Vanuatu Investment Opportunities

Vanuatu Investment for 2013

vanuatu investmentVanuatu is a beautiful, Y-shaped archipelago that consists of 83 islands and covers more than 12,000 square kilometers. Located approximately 1,700 kilometers east of the Australian coastline.

Vanuatu in 2006 was voted “The Happiest Place on Earth”.

Because of its amazing white sandy beaches, beautiful active volcanoes, untouched lagoons and rain forests, consistent sunny weather, and a large abundance of various indigenous cultures, making it one of the most culturally diverse countries found anywhere on the globe.

Combined that with no foreign exchange control, no income tax, as well as an independent judiciary, Vanuatu becomes the premier location for investment right in the center of the South Pacific. Not only that, but current social and political problems occurring on other South Pacific islands, such as Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea have turned investors toward Vanuatu as a highly viable alternative.

A Bit About the Benefits of Vanuatu Investment

Vanuatu boasts a very beneficial tax regime which is further enhanced by a number of unique features when compared with other finance centers. First of all, there is no income tax throughout all of Vanuatu. This includes exchange controls, death duties, withholding tax, and capital gains tax. Money can be easily transferred into any of the major currencies. The financial center in the country has been in existence for just about forty years. With a strong infrastructure of established trust companies, accountants, banks, and lawyers, it provides the opportunity to investors to receive top quality, reliable service right on the spot.

The country also has a democratically elected government that is strongly dedicated to promoting new investments and assisting large Vanuatu investments in many pursuits as much as possible. Recently, the government passed the Strata Titled Act to make it much easier for investors to invest in the country and receive a reasonable chance of a positive return. The government has also streamlined customs, immigration procedures, and the foreign investment board to ensure all formalities regarding investing and residency are painless. Vanuatu’s government is extremely pro foreign direct investment and offers low labor costs. The government is very interested in investment opportunities in the industries of timber products, forestry, fishing, agriculture, and tourism. Tourism is one of the largest industries to invest in throughout Vanuatu. Now that the country is established as a very attractive tourist destination for people all around the world, there is much potential in the way of quick growth. It is a primary holiday destination for those looking for a bit of rest and relaxation. There are a number of funds that have been created to aid in the promotion as well as development of the tourism industry.

Here are some other great benefits associated with Vanuatu investment:

• Vanuatu Investment buyers do not need to be a resident of the country or have employment to purchase residential or commercial property and then generate income from the property.

• Unlike the nearest competitors in the South Pacific tourism sector, like New Caledonia and Fiji, Vanuatu investmentbuyers do not meet with any colonialist or ethnic problems. While not everyone in the country gets along 100 percent of the time, the relations between all island people are great.

• The crime rate is extremely low and terrorism is an unheard of action across the island nation.

• The ni-Vanuatu natives are always happy to work with Vanuatu investment real estate purchasers because the investors can only lease land, meaning the natives continue to benefit from a generated income, no matter how modest it may be.

There is a great opportunity to make money through Vanuatu investment. The majority of people and companies that do invest here are looking for a natural, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere where there are minimal hassles.

How to get started with a Vanuatu Investment

For those looking for a suitable Vanuatu investment, it is important to receive approval from the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority, or VIPA. VIPA is the same as Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), and it authorizes any new Vanuatu investment made in the country. After a company has been granted approval by VIPA, approvals for a residency permit, business, license, as well as work permit are easy to obtain.

When filling out the application for VIPA, there is a list of information that is required to provide. This includes copies of the passports for all Vanuatu investment purchasers, details and evidence regarding the financial level of the investment, a chart of the company structure, copies of certificates of police clearance, bank reference, projections of cash flow for the next three years, full employment details for anywhere work permits are required and how many work permits will be needed, an environmental impact assessment if required, how many residency permits will be needed, and disclosure of any bankruptcies, liquidations, and convictions. VIPA has also made the foreign investment process much more streamlined by doing away with regular approval meetings and instead going for an approval process that occurs right on the spot once applications are completed. Investors must also apply to renew their certificate on an annual basis.

In Conclusion…

Vanuatu is a beautiful island nation that is extremely enticing with its beautiful sights and diverse culture. However, it is also one of the best locations for investment as well in today’s current economic climate. Vanuatu offers all interested investors a very stable political environment and a consistent commitment demonstrated from the government dedicated to the growth of the country. Aside from a unique tax haven status, many investors are able to rest assured that both the central bank and the government have proven track records when it comes to a sound monetary and fiscal policy. The commitment made by the authorities looking to promote this beautiful country as a safe destination for Vanuatu investment and business has enabled the country to rise to the top, above all other Pacific island nations in the 2011 International Finance Corporation’s “Doing Business Report.” It is extremely rare to find a unique combination of a tropical paradise mixed with a fiscal paradise, but it does exist in Vanuatu.

Contact Richard on richardbutlersales@gmail.com  or call  for obligation free details to be sent to you  on +61 417007792 or local call  Sydney 02 9214 6777 or Brisbane  07 3222 7322 for obligation-free details for your exciting new Vanuatu investment.

Richard Butler

Besides Co-Editor here, Richard is Co-Editor at EscapeArtist.com/vanuatu and has written a popular book on Vanuatu, How the WTO Will Change Vanuatu and How You Can Escape to this South Pacific Island Paradise available on Amazon.com. Richard is a Resort and residential property developer, marketer, and project construction manager who fell in love with the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu and for 3 years 2012 to May 2015 has been a successful Trade Commissioner for the Republic of Vanuatu. So successful that the government reappointed him in April 2017 for a further 3-year term!

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