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Post by Ericwt on Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:32 am

Startup City Redux
Honduras: from RED to ZEDE to … Freedom?
JUNE 27, 2013 by TOM W. BELL

A small country in Central America may just have created the freest cities in the world.

This column reported in November 2012 on an effort in Honduras to establish a unique kind of special development region. These regions, called RED after their Spanish acronym, would have created new cities with unprecedented independence from the central government. The RED had many supporters in the Honduran government’s executive and legislative branches, who aimed to bring low taxes, free trade, and the rule of law to their fellow citizens. The judicial branch did not share their enthusiasm, however.

The Supreme Court, worried that the RED statute would allow foreign sovereigns to rule Honduran territory, struck it down as unconstitutional. The first effort to establish in Honduras what have been called “startup” cities thus died. But Honduran reformers did not give up.

Honduras Tries Again

In January 2013, to safeguard their renewed effort to create startup cities, the Honduran Congress amended Articles 294, 303, and 329 of their Constitution. This addressed the objections that the Supreme Court had raised against the RED and set the stage for another attempt.

Soon the Honduran National Congress was considering legislation that would create Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Económico, (“Zones for Employment and Development of the Economy”), called “ZEDE” for short. The legislation triggered fierce opposition by municipalities, which feared competition from the new entities. Those objections were answered in floor debate by the observation that municipalities could themselves convert to ZEDE, winning all the same advantages. On June 12, 2013, the ZEDE legislation passed by a vote of 102 to 26.

In broad terms, the ZEDE legislation authorizes the creation of startup cities that will operate under the supervision, but not direct control, of the central government. So described, the ZEDE might not sound much different from China’s special economic zones or Dubai’s International Financial Centre. The details reveal, however, that the Hondurans have authored a daring new approach to governance.

Read more: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/startup-city-redux#ixzz2XTSnmrlc

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/startup-city-redux#axzz2XLALP2nB

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Post by de Heydon on Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:01 pm

Thursday(7/11/13) I'm supposed to have a telephone interview with one of the key players in the Honduran Charter City operation.

If it takes place, I will be updating Thursday.


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Post by Ericwt on Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:33 am

That sounds great. I hope it happens.

I do not have any immediate questions. But I am looking forward to seeing what he says.
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de Heydon wrote:Thursday(7/11/13) I'm supposed to have a telephone interview with one of the key players in the Honduran Charter City operation.

If it takes place, I will be updating Thursday.


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Post by de Heydon on Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:14 pm

OK,

Had the phone interview, very nice guy, we talked for about an hour.

Unfortunately, I did NOT come away with a lot of detail from this call, but the conversation will continue tomorrow morning(Sat. 7/13/'13) with a different person.

As far as the status of things in general, there is supposed to be some more legislative action in August or September, that will further solidify a lasting commitment to the free city concept.

I'm reading a lot between the lines here, so hold a forgiving spot in your heart for me, in case it doesn't turn out like I'm portraying it.

The interviewee is primarily involved in lining up potential investors & citizens who have expressed an interest in the project.

ATM, 'start-ups' are focused on service industries that do NOT require a lot of infrastructure & can temporarily function without a physical presence in the free city.

I know this is very vague & it is intentionally so, because I don't wish to betray any confidences,

Hopefully, more detail will come forth tomorrow, and later.

There is a hint of what some of you may consider to be Earth Shaking news to be forthcoming soon, but NOT tomorrow. At any rate, it may be worth staying tuned to this thread.

Damn ! That's almost SBesque, ain't it ?
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Post by Rock Private Office on Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:14 am

Looking forward to hearing about your next call! Smile
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Post by de Heydon on Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:43 am

Apologies for the late delivery.

This post is also short on detail, but I'm going to keep plugging.



I don't know if I'm getting conned or not.

But, if the stuff I've heard over the last 2 days is true, it is time to move Honduras from the back burner to the front burner & watch it closely.

Honduras, at this posting, is the murder capitol of the world, and for that reason alone, I'm sure it will be ruled out by some as a place to invest or live in.

Also, Honduras is very close to bankruptcy and is one of the poorest nations in Central America, if not the poorest.

The items mentioned above are what has prompted the Honduran legislature to enact the 'Free City' or 'Charter City' legislation.  Unlike legislatures elsewhere they have seen an urgent need to do this, because they foresee the death of their nation, if they don't.  According to what I've been told, this view is currently held by both the 'left' & 'right' political wings of the country.

The speed at which events are taking place is MUCH FASTER than I had opined in another thread.


The 'Free Cities' are to have autonomy in selecting their legal systems & setting up how they intend to govern.  ATM, the leading candidate is English Common Law or some derivative of it.  Also, 'arbitration' is going to be heavily relied upon.

Industry wise, there seems to be a strong emphasis now on banking & financial services. Plus, there are certain areas of the offshore services industry that will be explored.

There have been 3 potential areas designated for 'Free Cities' in Honduras. One is on the Caribbean coast near the island of Roatan.

All have ocean access, I do NOT know if there is Pacific access.

Something I did NOT know is that Honduras is the most bilingual country in Central America.(Spanish/English)


For me, I'm going to go to Honduras for the up close & personal, BOTG survey & face to face.  The only problem I have is finding time to do it.


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Post by Ericwt on Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:04 am

Thanks de Heydon.

That was very informative.

Security and electrical power costs are my concern. Honduras is absolutely gorgeous as far as scenery. However the people there do not have it all together.

Corporations have always controlled Honduras.

It is the original Banana republic.

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Post by Rock Private Office on Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:27 am

Interesting stuff, thanks!
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