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September 23 2012

Can private cities save a nation with world's worst murder rate?


Honduras has unveiled a radical free-market plan to establish three "charter cities" in the violence-racked Central American nation.

The government this week signed an agreement with US developers MKG group to begin building the cities complete with their own governments, laws, courts, police forces and tax systems from scratch early next year.

The plan's backers say it is the only way to kick start development in Honduras, which has the world's worst murder rate 68 times higher than the UK's and where 65 per cent of the 8 million-strong population lives below the poverty line.

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