November 5, 2018
The Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) program — the latest and most exciting new investment migration opportunity in Europe — has been officially launched at the 12th Global Residence and Citizenship Conference in Dubai. Hosted by Henley & Partners, this annual event attracts over 400 delegates from more than 40 countries and is the largest and most important conference focused on investment migration.
Earlier this year, Henley & Partners — in partnership with its consortium partner, the Moldovan Investment Company — won the public tender to assist the Government of the Moldova in designing, implementing, and promoting the much-anticipated MCBI program, which is now officially accepting applications. The firm has over 20 years of experience working with governments in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia in this capacity.
Dr. Christian Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners, says the MCBI program offers investors a foothold in Europe and access to one of the fastest growing commercial hubs in the region. “Investment migration programs give countries like Moldova the chance to attract much-needed foreign direct investment and a set of highly qualified and carefully vetted new citizens.”
Speaking at the launch in Dubai, His Excellency Chiril Gaburici, the Minister of Economy and Infrastructure for the Government of Moldova, said: “The MCBI program has been specifically developed with the Moldovan people in mind. Our country has come a very long way over the past few years, but to take the next step forward in our economic development, and also support the social wellbeing of all Moldovans, we need to welcome innovative new ways of generating capital. The MCBI program is part of this future-focused approach.”
The MCBI program requires applicants to make a defined economic contribution to the country through its Public Investment Fund. In exchange, and subject to a stringent vetting and due diligence process, applicants and their families are granted full citizenship rights that are transferrable without restrictions to future generations. They also gain a passport that facilitates travel access to 122 destinations around the world, including Russia, Turkey, and the countries in Europe’s Schengen Area. The Moldovan passport is in fact one of the highest historical climbers on the Henley Passport Index, having ascended an impressive 20 places since 2008.