Why Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands is a big ocean nation. Its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is nearly 800,000 square miles. Its economic future lies in the exploitation of its vast, rich and pristine lagoons and ocean.

Located in the region which has the largest tuna resource in the world, Marshall Islands presents diversified investment opportunities in fisheries.Its pristine lagoons encircled by remote atolls offer varied investment opportunities in tourism and marine aquaculture.

Rare metals like cobalt, titanium, nickel and platinum are present in Marshall Islands’ EEZ, presenting exciting investment possibilities in deep-sea mining.

Marshall Islands enjoys a special relationship with the US under a Compact of Free Association between them. The Compact offers the nation access to the US market, and federal assistance for investments and export development not available to many other nations.

Marshall Islands could very well be the best-undiscovered destination for investors.

Why Invest in the Marshall Islands?

  • Business friendly and sound regulatory environment
  • Western style government, in close association with the US
  • Democratic and politically stable
  • Strategic location
  • Well-developed international shipping link
  • Strong leadership in regional fisheries conservation and management
  • Secure investment location with established rule of law
  • Investment-friendly regulatory regime
  • Preferential market access to USA and Europe
  • US Federal grant & assistance available to investors
  • US friendly, USD is the currency
  • No visa requirement for US citizens
  • Warm hospitable English speaking local people.
  • Safe, no terrorists, low crime, no ethnic tension
  • Open to foreign investors and talents
  • Ocean State with one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones in the world
  • Convenient time zone (GMT +12)
  • No limits on converting or transferring funds associated with investment.
  • No restrictions on repatriation of profits, dividends, or other investment capital acquired domestically.
  • No restrictions on foreign exchange transactions.
  • Legal system patterned on US common law proceedings.
  • Offers tax and duty exemptions for investments, uniformly applied to domestic and foreign investors, in certain private sector industries.

World Bank Ease of doing Business 2014 Report

The Report rates Marshall Islands highly on these topics:

  • Dealing with construction permits (top 40, out of 189 countries)
  • Starting a business (top 60)
  • Enforcing contracts (top 65)
  • Trading across borders (top 65)
  • Getting electricity (top 80)
  • Getting credit (top 90)
  • Paying taxes (top 100)

OCI is working with government to improve ease of doing business in the country, a key condition for encouraging investments.