A detailed set of guidelines for making monetary contributions to the government has recently been issued to overseas employees of companies and other citizens on business abroad. The guideline for making monetary contributions in support of the military was issued in the form of a National Defence Committee (NDC) order. A detailed set of guidelines stipulating the awards system for monetary contributions is unusual, but not unprecedented. Notably, such guidelines have been issued previously during times of economic crisis.
Based on guidelines issued by the government, those who make contributions of US$1,000 or more will be rewarded with a national decoration. Contributions of US$10,000 or more will guarantee the donor a ‘Letter of Appreciation’ from the President. Those who offer up more than US$100,000 will receive a Medal for Efforts. In addition, they will receive either an extension to their right to work abroad, or a guaranteed re-issue of their right to leave the country for business purposes.
This has resulted in increased pressure for overseas citizens to make monetary contributions, in addition to the usual taxes. According to our sources, there is a rumour spreading about how a businessman offered US$1,000,000 and received an important government position.
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