Honduran Government Promotes 'Charter Cities'

In an area of 33 square km, the government promotes a project to build a 'Charter Cities' or 'Model City'.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Despite the criticism of the project, President Porfirio Lobo Sosa asked Congress for approval.

La Tribuna reported statements from the President "... a clear example of success is what happened in Hong Kong, China, they have progressed and we have them here selling ... we need to change now or we sink and our people will continue to suffer .. . I'm not risking anything because it is a small territory, we don’t lose sovereignty, we do not force anyone to live there, (but) clearly many will want to live there under different rules which will allow progress for that area.”

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Honduras Discusses Statute to Regulate 'Charter Cities'

July 2011

A constitutional statue law on the Special Development Regions (RED’s by Spanish initials) has been approved in the first debate in Congress.

The new law defines RED’s as autonomous cities, which will be led by an "executive governor", a "policy board" and a "constitutional council".

Koreans to Conduct Feasibility Studies for Charter City

May 2011

The Government of Honduras signed an agreement with the Korean company Posco, to carry out feasibility studies for the construction of the first "charter city".

The agreement states that the Korean company will perform the necessary analysis to determine whether it is possible to build the charter cities in selected regions.

Seoul to Assist Honduras on "Charter Cities"

February 2011

The countries agreed to cooperate in the development of special management areas in Honduras.

"Charter Cities" are development-oriented, and the objective pursued by President Porfirio Lobo is to encourage domestic and foreign investment.

"During their meeting, Wolf and Lee agreed to cooperate in the development of such plans for special areas in Honduras and seek ways to collaborate in trade, investment, education, health and infrastructure development in the Central American country," Terra.com informs.

Honduran Congress Approves Draft of 'Model City'

January 2011

With support from most of the 128 deputies from five political parties, Congress approved the project submitted by the Executive branch.

The decree will allow construction of the first Model City, to be built on the Honduran Atlantic area, becoming a legal entity in itself and with its own administration system.

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