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“Criticize by Creating”
Spreading Peace and Prosperity through Zones of Prosperity and
is well established that economic freedom leads to peace and prosperity. It
is less widely recognized that secure property rights and rule of law
are a crucial pre-requisite to economic freedom, and that it is often
very difficult to improve property rights and rule of law in much of
the developing world. There have been cases in which zones have
allowed nations to introduce liberal economic policies
within a specified geographical region, including improved property
rights and rule of law, which have then resulted in nation-wide reforms
Robert Haywood, Executive Director of the World Economic Processing
Zones Association (WEPZA), has pointed out that Special Economic Zones
have historically been a pre-cursor to broader economic liberalization,
and prosperity, in Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico, Mauritius, UAE, Ireland,
and China. India is now deploying zones in an attempt to accelerate
their rate of economic development. Dubai is using their extraordinary
free zone expertise to replicate their success around the world.
The broader free zone movement has a controversial history due in
some cases to mistakes, in some cases to prejudice, and in some cases
to corruption and other factors. We would never claim that all
free zones have been always good. Not all zones have been well-designed,
and few zones have truly provided open-ended opportunities for anyone
seeking to create an enterprise.
That said, zone solutions have the potential to create more prosperity
for more people more quickly than any other approach to global poverty
alleviation. We therefore support an ongoing research program
to identify best practices in free zone design in order to optimize
global poverty alleviation, including success-sharing zones in which
the massive wealth created by zones is shared widely in the communities
in which zones are located.
- “Betting on a Brighter Future: Millennium
Villages or Free Cities,” Michael Strong, FLOW, and Theodore Malloch, Spiritual
Free Zones and Free Cities as an Approach to Global Poverty Alleviation," Michael
Strong, FLOW, and Theodore Malloch, Spiritual Enterprise Institute.
- "Economic Freedom
as the Primary Economic Development Goal," Michael
Strong, FLOW, and Theodore Malloch, Spiritual
Institutional Software that Works in Iraq,” Robert
Haywood, Executive Director, World Economic
Processing Zones Association (WEPZA), and Michael Strong, FLOW.
Empowerment Free Zones,” Michael Strong,
FLOW, and Mark Frazier, Open World.
Vision News, February 2007,” Michael Strong (on
A selection of articles on the rapidly growing global free zone movement: