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Zone for Employment and Economic Development (Honduras)

Zone for Employment and Economic Development (Spanish: Zonas de empleo y desarrollo económico, or ZEDE) is the name of a new type of administrative division in Honduras (colloquially called a model city) that is subject under the national government and provides a high level of autonomy with its own political system, at a judicial, economic and administrative level, and is in theory based on free market capitalism.[1][2]

Cities will be created with the intention of attracting investment and generating employment in currently uninhabited parts of the country, or in municipalities that agree to be converted into ZEDE zones. Every zone will de facto be governed by a technical secretary,[3] elected by a committee that will oversee the adoption of best practices.[4] The committee is in its turn appointed by the

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ Article "Zona de empleo y desarrollo económico " on WorldHeritage in the Spanish language
  2. ^ Official Page for ZEDE
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  6. ^ ¿Que es un ZEDE? (2013-03-03)
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The ZEDE initiative has gained a lot of support from free market supporters, especially from libertarians and supporters of crypto-currencies, who see this as an opportunity to test their ideas in practice.[7][8][9]


  1. International logistics centres that permit the processing of goods at a grand scale. Like the Colón Free Trade Zone in Panamá.
  2. International business courts that resolve disputes between both national and foreign business entities. Like the Isle of Man, United Kingdom.
  3. Special investment districts that permit the creation of centres for the service sector. Like the Cayman Enterprise City, Cayman Islands.
  4. Districts for renewable energy that permit investment in renewable energy. Like the solar parks in Arizona, United States.
  5. Special economic zones in which the laws that govern the economy will be different from the rest of the country. National laws might be suspended in favor of solutions based on a free market. Compare Shenzhen, China.
  6. Zones subject to a special judicial system that function under a judicial tradition different from the usual. Like the courts in the financial districts of Dubai that are subject to Common Law.
  7. Special agro-industrial zones that permit incentives for exporting high-quality agricultural products. Like the cultivation of asparagus in Peru.
  8. Special tourist zones that permit special conditions for creating centres for tourism in undeveloped parts of the country.

ZEDE has the following objectives for economic development:[6]




  • Background 1
  • Objectives 2
  • Reception 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

The ZEDE is not unique. Other successful free trade zones can be found in China (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Macao), in South Korea (Songdo), and in Singapore.

that regulate these zones. The inhabitants will be able to interact with each other voluntarily. [5]

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