"Private City" Does Not Have Transparency Commission

A protocol signed by the Government of Honduras with the developer NKG does not include the Transparency Commission announced as part of the governance system for "private cities".

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Honduras had planned to appoint five international experts, including the driving force behind the concept, economist Paul Romer, to form a transparency committee, to ensure the necessary safeguards to protect Honduras and its workforce, and to enforce good governance in the "private cities".

However, in a statement posted on the Internet, Romer tried to clarify that the group was not involved in the agreement signed with NKG, and confirmed that the decree formalizing his appointment and the establishment of the commission has not been published in the official newspaper, because the Supreme Court of Honduras is considering a constitutional motion against the law that allows the creation of Special Development Regions.

"So there are no conditions for the Transparency Commission to play the role envisaged for this ambitious and important project", said Romer.

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