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HCMC 47th in Safe Cities Index

Released at: 13:52, 30/08/2019

HCMC 47th in Safe Cities Index

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The Economist Intelligence Unit releases third edition of Safe Cities Index.

by Doanh Doanh

Ho Chi Minh City has been ranked 47th among 60 cities worldwide across five continents in the latest Safe Cities Index (SCI) released by The Economist Intelligence Unit at the Safe Cities Summit in Singapore on August 29.

The index, which is the centerpiece of a research project sponsored by the NEC Corporation, measures the multifaceted nature of urban safety, with indicators organized across four pillars: digital, infrastructure, health, and personal security.

Cities in the Asia-Pacific region make up six of the top ten safest cities, with Tokyo taking the top spot for the third time in a row. The Japanese capital records the strongest performance in the digital security category and has also risen eight places in the infrastructure security category since 2017.

Singapore and Osaka come second and third, while Sydney and Melbourne also made the top ten. Although Hong Kong has dropped out of this group since 2017, Seoul has joined the top, taking eighth place.

“Our research shows that a city’s region does not have any statistically significant relationship with SCI2019 performance,” said Ms. Naka Kondo, senior editor of The Economist Intelligence Unit and editor of the SCI2019 report. “Although Asia-Pacific cities such as Tokyo, Singapore, and Osaka continue to rank in the top three, the region also hosts some of the lowest scoring cities in the world, with Yangon, Karachi, and Dhaka close to the bottom of the list. Asia-Pacific cities perform well across the categories of health security, infrastructure security, and personal security, but their North American counterparts generally fare better in digital security, accounting for seven of the top ten cities in this category.”  

The SCI2019 benefits from a major revision designed to better capture “urban resilience”, the ability of cities to absorb and bounce back from shocks - a concept that has had an increasing influence on thinking in urban safety over the last decade, especially as policymakers worry about the implications of climate change.

This 2019 edition is the third, following the 2015 and 2017 editions.

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