Dimitris Rapidis

Imagine Honduras

Imagine a city outside the state, without politicians and with the lowest taxes. A city which would have its own rules, its own justice corps, its own economy and police, its own bilateral and diplomatic relationships with states of the world. A city which would not be autonomous or independent, but private, being built from zero with no reference to any problems inherited by the state in which it is found geographically. This “charter city” can be set in Honduras.

It is the first country in the world that has decided to realize this idiotype plan with the aim to strengthen local economy. The first private city of the world is to be established in the west coast of this small state of Central America, after a relevant law has been passed and the fund has been found – stemming from an American multinational company.

Despite the fact that the agreement between the government of Honduras and the American company Mkg, which is involved in the real estate market, has been finalized a couple of days ago, there are objections against the plan that aims to privatize a specific part of the national territory of Honduras. Nonetheless, the benefits from such a move would be significant, especially for economies of Third World countries with so deep structural deficiencies, including the inflow of foreign capitals and the creation of thousands of jobs.

More precisely, the construction of the first private city in the world would have as an outcome the creation of 5,000 jobs directly and 15,000 indirectly, whereas the whole plan is considered to be one the most bold endeavors of transforming the traditional socio-economic structure of the world, giving Honduras the chance to address poverty efficiently. Members of the company that will undertake the financing part are pointing out that the first citizens of the city will be established along with the industry and the services that this city will develop.

What is more, the city will start being grown as a common human society with cinemas, coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, schools, and hospitals. The only difference between the city as we know it and the private city will be the fact that the latter will be runned by a nine-member administrative council, which will be composed by “revered” international personalities and from a governor that will elect the council. By the time, citizens will be voting to elect the members of the councils and the governor.

In other words, the idea of this city stems from the installation of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), a newly-minded plan of many countries in the world that are striving to re-trigger economic growth in the midst of the global financial crisis. The major difference is that the private city as introduced by its invenstors aims to start from “zero”, with no past recordings dealing with economy and politics.

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