Monday, 19th February 2018
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Dear Editor

Like Macau, a former Portuguese Colony, and since 1999, a special economic zone within China, the Island of Ireland if designated special economic zone status by agreement between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the European Union and Great Britain would have the possibility of replicating Macau's success, a region having the fourth highest life expectancy in the world, a high human development index, ranking 18th in the world, one of the world's richest regions, its GDP per capita by purchasing power parity higher than any country in the world, deemed by the World Bank in 2014. Ireland has a wealth of resources, agricultural, 200 miles of offshore assets including fisheries and sub-terrain reserves and high educational standards.

Accommodating the various historical perspectives and in the context of a non-politicized and non-militarised Europe, Ireland should be afforded special economic zone status such as that existing within China, with other precedents in Egypt, India, Iran, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Panama, Poland, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Nigeria, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and within the EU, the special designated zone of the Canary Islands.

Joe Terry

Blarney, County Cork

Tel 00 353 87 0910603

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