Henley & Partners, the global leader in residence- and citizenship-by-investment, has won the public tender to design, implement, and internationally promote the much-anticipated Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) program.
Henley & Partners has accumulated over 20 years of experience working with governments in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia on the design, set-up, operation, and promotion of some of the world’s most successful residence and citizenship programs, raising more than USD 7 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI). With this new government mandate, it will continue its impressive track record.
The firm applied for the mandate as part of a consortium together with MIC Holding LLC (Moldovan Investment Company, or MIC), a company based in Dubai, UAE and founded to focus on strategic FDI initiatives, including the MCBI program, real estate and infrastructure development, and country branding and positioning. In addition, an agreement has been signed with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a leading global management consulting firm with 90 offices in 50 countries.
Moldova’s Minister of Economy and Infrastructure, Chiril Gaburici, says his government’s primary objective is to create long-lasting societal value for the Moldovan people. “The MCBI program will provide our economy with valuable FDI that will enhance the daily lives of all Moldovans. Uncompromising due diligence standards and compliance procedures will guarantee the credibility, competitiveness, and long-term sustainability of the program. In this regard, we are delighted to be working with Henley & Partners, whose good governance systems are industry-leading.”
In discussing the merits of the future MCBI program in particular, Gantenbein says that the program is poised for success on account of its competitive pricing structure and strong value proposition. “Moldova, a country of 4 million inhabitants, offers its citizens visa-free access to 121 destinations, including all the countries in Europe’s Schengen Area but also, for example, Russia and Turkey. It has entered into an association agreement with the EU and is aiming to become a candidate country for EU membership,” explains Gantenbein. “The MCBI program, which we expect to be launched within the next three months, offers both affordability and travel freedom to individuals and families and will have wide-ranging appeal for the rapidly growing investment migration client base worldwide. Crucially, however, the program promises to generate much-needed capital and international visibility for this beautiful country in Europe, which will improve the overall prospects and quality of life of its small but vibrant population.”