By Adrian M. Reodique
June 1, 2016
Singapore has topped the global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney's Global Cities 2016 ranking for online presence.
The ranking is one of the metrics used to measure the Information Exchange level of a city or its access to information through the Internet and other media sources.
"A strong ICT structure is a key success factor for any nation to improve quality of life for individuals, business opportunities for enterprises and for governments to better serve and anticipate citizens' needs," said Soon Ghee Chua, Partner and Head of Southeast Asia at A.T. Kearney.
"Singapore is well on its way to becoming a dynamic global infocomm hub by effectively leveraging technology for economic and social development. Just this week, the government called for a projected S$2.82 billion of ICT tenders for 2016 that are aimed at enhancing the quality of citisens' lives and easing business transactions with the government," added Chua.
The Global Cities 2016 is divided into two parts, namely the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook.
The Global Cities Index provides assessment of global engagement for 125 cities, which represent all continents and regions according to 27 metrics across five dimensions which include business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement. Singapore is ranked eighth on this part, maintaining its position from last year.
The Global Cities Outlook, on the other hand, ranks the cities on their future potential based on the rate of change in 13 leading indicators which span for dimensions including personal well-being, economics, innovation, and governance. Singapore is on 17th place under this part.
There is also Global Elite which includes the cities that rank in the top 25 on both the Index and the outlook. Singapore has once again named in this category where it placed second in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region after Tokyo. Other cities in the APAC included here are Sydney and Melbourne.