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Nairobi ranked among top 20 cities in the world

24 January 2016, 16:11

Nairobi - Nairobi has been ranked among the top 20 cities globally, according to a report.

The study has ranked Nairobi among the top twenty cities in the world renowned for its innovation, livability and capacity to re-invent itself.

According to The Standard, The City Momentum Index CMI placed Nairobi in position 11, the only in Africa to make it to the list due to its lifestyle and location which, it said, is unmatched anywhere in East Africa.

It was conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle, a professional services and investment management company.

London topped the list for the second year in a row for its economic growth and real estate structure as well as initiatives that are transforming transport, such as the research centre currently being developed at White City.

Nairobi, according to a further report on Capital News, is in the top 20 thanks to its unique traits.

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“Alongside great cities like London, Nairobi City has made it to the top 20 most successful cities for its innovation, livability and capacity to reinvent itself. The top scoring cities offer an environment that “nurtures talent and an innovation-orientated economy,” the report states.

Other cities that made it to the top twenty include Dublin, Silicon Valley, Bangalore and Boston.

The report noted that many of the top 20 cities are home to vibrant mixed-use districts which create and maximize opportunities to conceive and commercialize new ideas. This reinforces the idea that city momentum involves much more than Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.

"It also requires building an innovation-oriented economy through technology. It means creating cutting-edge new businesses. And it involves attracting talent and nurturing a diverse and inclusive workforce," the report added.

Nairobi is home to an estimated 5 million people.

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