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India Leads A.T. Kearney’s List Of Fastest Growing Cities

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India's three metropolitan cities—Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore—have emerged as the top three fastest growing cities in A.T Kearney’s Global Cities Index, which is topped by New York and London. 

The three cities have been improving their scores steadily in business activity, information exchange, human capital and cultural experience — key parameters used to measure a city's global engagement in the index released on Wednesday (20 May), said the London-based global management consulting group.
 
The three India cities have made particularly strong improvements in information exchange, in part due to gains in the number of broadband subscribers, it said.
 
“The ability to attract human capital is key to the success of any city. For that it needs to be able to provide a good environment for living as well as innovation,” said Debashish Mukherjee, a partner with A.T. Kearney. “India has been pushing for urban redevelopment and improving the infrastructure across its major cities. That has helped its urban centers become more engaged globally.”
 
He further added that the government’s plan to develop 100 smart cities across the country is a step in the right direction. India’s major cities should be a priority for the government’s smart city programme as that will make them grown even faster.
 
New York and London remain the world’s most global cities, as they are the only cities to rank in the top 10 of both the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook. San Francisco leads the Global Cities Outlook due to its strength in innovation.
 
Chinese cities continue to rise in Asia pacific region. Beijing, in ninth position in the GCI, continues in the top 10 for the second year in a row, thanks to an increase in the number of international organizations, inhabitants with tertiary degrees, and improvements in the scores of its universities.  Shanghai maintained its spot in the GCI top 25, carried by its strong scores in business activity and human capital.
 
The Global Cities 2015 includes two parts—The Global Cities Index (GCI) and the Global Cities Outlook (GCO). This is the fifth edition of the GCI, which was launched in 2008. The GCI provides a unique assessment of global engagement for 125 cities representing all continents and regions, measuring how globally engaged each city is across 26 metrics in five dimensions—business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.  
 
The GCO evaluates the future potential of 125 cities based on the rate of change across four dimensions—personal well-being, economics, innovation, and governance. 


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