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2020 Smart City Index: Dhaka not among 109 smart cities

  • Published at 05:15 pm September 18th, 2020
Shapla Matijheel Dhaka
File photo of Shapla Chattar, Matijheel, Dhaka Md. Manik/Dhaka Tribune

Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich came at the top in the 2020 Smart City Index

Dhaka has not made it in the list of 109 cities in the world under the 2020 Smart City Index.

The Smart City Index ranks cities based on economic and technological data, as well as by their citizens’ perceptions of how “smart” their cities are.

The Institute for Management Development (IMD), in collaboration with Singapore University for Technology and Design (SUTD), released the 2020 Smart City Index on Thursday -- with key findings on how technology is playing a role in the Covid-19 era in a way that is likely to remain. 

Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich have come at the top in the 2020 Smart City Index, in a year that saw many European cities fall in the rankings.

Hundreds of citizens from 109 cities were surveyed in April and May 2020 and asked questions on the technological provisions of their city across five key areas -- health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities and governance.

President of the IMD Smart City Observatory, Bruno Lanvin, said: "It is of course too early to draw lessons from Covid-19. However, it is clear that we are at a critical juncture, where the sanitary crisis is still very much with us, while the economic and social crisis that it will entail has hardly started.

 “This year’s Smart City Index suggests that the cities that have been able to combine technologies, leadership, and a strong culture of ‘living and acting together,’ should be able to better withstand the most damaging effects of such crises.”

Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Ho Chi Min, Osaka, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Bangkok are some of the Asian cities that made the list.

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