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Hanoi 3rd in JLL's City Momentum Index

Released at: 15:44, 15/01/2019

Hanoi 3rd in JLL's City Momentum Index

A part of Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: kientrucvietnam.org.vn)

Asia-Pacific home to 19 of top 20 cities in sixth Index.

by Linh San

The Asia-Pacific is home to 19 of the top 20 cities on the sixth City Momentum Index published by JLL, highlighting the continuing shift of fast urban growth from the West to the East.

Overall, Indian and Chinese cities dominate the rankings, accounting for three quarters of the top 20. Leading the pack are Bengaluru and Hyderabad in India, with Hanoi third.

“Asia continues to show strong momentum, with cities that are successfully expanding their innovation economy punching above their weight in terms of attracting capital, companies, and people,” said Mr. Jeremy Kelly, Director of Global Research at JLL.

“It’s clear that the tech sector is a key driver of both real estate and economic momentum - driven by large technology firms as well as dynamic startups in cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ho Chi Minh City and Shenzhen.”

Although the global economic cycle is in its late stages, there are still many cities in the world where real estate and economic growth continue to be robust. But while strong growth brings opportunities for economic and social development, it also brings challenges that cities must address to ensure short-term growth transitions into long-term momentum. Investing in infrastructure and greater transparency is essential to facilitate this transition.

“These cities need to address the environmental and social impacts of rapid growth, such as social inequality, congestion, and environmental degradation,” Mr. Kelly added. “The provision of smart, efficient and productive real estate and increased transparency are key factors driving long-term, sustainable growth.”

JLL’s City Momentum Index measures momentum in 131 of the world’s most commercially-active cities by tracking a range of socioeconomic and commercial real estate indicators over a three-year period to identify the urban economies and real estate markets undergoing the most rapid expansion.

The City Momentum Index presents a weighted overall score for the sub-scores of 20 variables. For each variable the model calculates a score based on the city’s performance relative to the distribution of all 131 city regions, scaled from zero to one. The top-scoring city for each variable has a value of one, while the lowest-scoring city receives a value of zero. Variables focus on indicators of socioeconomic momentum and commercial real estate momentum.

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