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Singapore made it to the top of the Smart City Index 2019, the first of its kind ranking 102 capitals and large cities globally, jointly commissioned by the World Competitiveness Center’s Smart City Observatory, a unit of the IMD Business School in Switzerland, as well as by the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

This means that Singapore is also the smartest city in Southeast Asia, by far outpacing other large cities in the region.

The next large city in Southeast Asia on the index is Ho Chi Minh City on rank 65. While the city received good grades for the quality of schooling and education, employment possibilities, recycling, energy efficiency and citizen engagement, it ranked poor in traffic, air pollution, security, public transport and the provision of basic amenities for all.  

Next is the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on rank 66 with similar results as Ho Chi Ming City, with the negative factors extended by corruption, while citizens lauded it for its good medical care provision, satisfactory sanitation and public safety.

Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur follows on rank 70, with road congestion, affordable housing, security, corruption and air pollution described as problem fields, while public transport, green spaces, governance, schooling and employment opportunities are deemed satisfactory.

The world’s most visited city Bangkok is also far from being smart and made it to rank 75. Core problems are traffic congestion, insufficient public transport, too few green spaces, lack of good schools and general cultural activities, corruption and bad governance. On the positive side are medical services and basic sanitation. However, Bangkok is one of the few cities in the region where minorities are made feel unwelcome.

Indonesia’s capital Jakarta is ranked 81, primarily for air pollution, traffic congestion and corruption. On the positive side, the city scores for affordable housing, recycling, schooling and education, energy efficiency and citizen engagement.

Makassar, capital of the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi and largest city in Eastern Indonesia, has been ranked 80 in the smart city index.  Issues to be addressed are road congestion, unemployment, basic amenities, security, corruption, air pollution and lack of cultural activities. Meanwhile, affordable housing, schooling and education, citizen engagement, energy efficiency, medical services are satisfactory for most, as are businesses creating new jobs. Minorities are very welcome.

Medan, capital of North Sumatra and the largest city in Sumatra, is ranked 82 with the main issues being corruption, road congestion, lack of security and basic amenities and unemployment, while most are fine with affordable housing, public transport and medical services.

The Philippine capital region Metro Manila scores worst in Southeast Asia in the smart city index on rank 94, between Cape Town and Athens. Citizens complain about the lack of basic amenities, corruption, road congestion, air pollution, lack of security, unemployment, insufficient public transport, lack of green spaces and general cultural activities. Minorities do not feel welcome either. The few positive topics for Manila residents are that businesses are creating new jobs and that there are sufficient employment finding services available.

Overall, the index focuses on how citizens perceive the scope and impact of efforts to make their cities “smart,” balancing economic and technological aspects with humane dimensions. The first edition of the index ranks 102 cities worldwide by capturing the perceptions of 120 residents in each city.

The top 10 smart cities are, apart from Singapore, Zurich, Oslo, Geneva, Copenhagen, Auckland, Taipei, Helsinki, Bilbao and Dusseldorf. The least smart cities on this index are Bogota, Cairo, Nairobi, Rabat and Lagos.

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Traffic congestion in Metro Manila Singapore made it to the top of the Smart City Index 2019, the first of its kind ranking 102 capitals and large cities globally, jointly commissioned by the World Competitiveness Center’s Smart City Observatory, a unit of the IMD Business School in Switzerland, as well as by the Singapore University of Technology and Design. This means that Singapore is also the smartest city in Southeast Asia, by far outpacing other large cities in the region. The next large city in Southeast Asia on the index is Ho Chi Minh City on rank 65. While the...

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Singapore Smartest  City In Southeast Asia, Others Not So...
Traffic congestion in Metro Manila

Singapore made it to the top of the Smart City Index 2019, the first of its kind ranking 102 capitals and large cities globally, jointly commissioned by the World Competitiveness Center’s Smart City Observatory, a unit of the IMD Business School in Switzerland, as well as by the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

This means that Singapore is also the smartest city in Southeast Asia, by far outpacing other large cities in the region.

The next large city in Southeast Asia on the index is Ho Chi Minh City on rank 65. While the city received good grades for the quality of schooling and education, employment possibilities, recycling, energy efficiency and citizen engagement, it ranked poor in traffic, air pollution, security, public transport and the provision of basic amenities for all.  

Next is the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on rank 66 with similar results as Ho Chi Ming City, with the negative factors extended by corruption, while citizens lauded it for its good medical care provision, satisfactory sanitation and public safety.

Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur follows on rank 70, with road congestion, affordable housing, security, corruption and air pollution described as problem fields, while public transport, green spaces, governance, schooling and employment opportunities are deemed satisfactory.

The world’s most visited city Bangkok is also far from being smart and made it to rank 75. Core problems are traffic congestion, insufficient public transport, too few green spaces, lack of good schools and general cultural activities, corruption and bad governance. On the positive side are medical services and basic sanitation. However, Bangkok is one of the few cities in the region where minorities are made feel unwelcome.

Indonesia’s capital Jakarta is ranked 81, primarily for air pollution, traffic congestion and corruption. On the positive side, the city scores for affordable housing, recycling, schooling and education, energy efficiency and citizen engagement.

Makassar, capital of the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi and largest city in Eastern Indonesia, has been ranked 80 in the smart city index.  Issues to be addressed are road congestion, unemployment, basic amenities, security, corruption, air pollution and lack of cultural activities. Meanwhile, affordable housing, schooling and education, citizen engagement, energy efficiency, medical services are satisfactory for most, as are businesses creating new jobs. Minorities are very welcome.

Medan, capital of North Sumatra and the largest city in Sumatra, is ranked 82 with the main issues being corruption, road congestion, lack of security and basic amenities and unemployment, while most are fine with affordable housing, public transport and medical services.

The Philippine capital region Metro Manila scores worst in Southeast Asia in the smart city index on rank 94, between Cape Town and Athens. Citizens complain about the lack of basic amenities, corruption, road congestion, air pollution, lack of security, unemployment, insufficient public transport, lack of green spaces and general cultural activities. Minorities do not feel welcome either. The few positive topics for Manila residents are that businesses are creating new jobs and that there are sufficient employment finding services available.

Overall, the index focuses on how citizens perceive the scope and impact of efforts to make their cities “smart,” balancing economic and technological aspects with humane dimensions. The first edition of the index ranks 102 cities worldwide by capturing the perceptions of 120 residents in each city.

The top 10 smart cities are, apart from Singapore, Zurich, Oslo, Geneva, Copenhagen, Auckland, Taipei, Helsinki, Bilbao and Dusseldorf. The least smart cities on this index are Bogota, Cairo, Nairobi, Rabat and Lagos.

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