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Presidential Candidate Vows to Soldier on Despite Nude Photo Scandal

Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/The East African

Diane Shima Rwigara addresses a press conference, announcing her candidature for the Rwanda presidency.

Ever since Diane Shima Rwigara came out to express her political views — and later declared her intention to run for president of Rwanda in the August 4 elections — the 35-year-old has attracted praise and criticism in equal measure.

One week after nude photographs — which she has disowned — were circulated on social media a day after she announced her presidential bid, Ms Rwigara says she will not be deterred: “I will not stop. I am going to continue with my preparations. The incident made me stronger, more resilient and determined to continue with this cause,” she told The EastAfrican.

The photographs were released through an email titled “the shameless acts of Diane Shima Rwigara who wants to contest for presidency”, with the sender adding “look at our presidential candidate”. The sender identified himself/herself as Emmy Twahirwa and claimed to be a journalist.

Robert Mugabe, a journalist who has reportedly been associated with Ms Rwigara, later stated on Facebook that the photos were doctored and were the work of her detractors.

Following that, Ms Rwigara took a few days off the public scene and later told The EastAfrican that the photographs were manipulated.

The incident elicited sympathy for the US-educated activist-turned politician, with many condemning the act of shaming her and others called for investigation.

Bold

No government agency has commented on the nudes scandal nor has any official come out to publicly condemn the sharing of the photos or denounce the presidential hopeful over her supposed “questionable integrity”.

But Ms Rwigara, who on Wednesday May 10 went to the National Electoral Commission to present the list of people who will sign for her and pick documents needed for the purpose, attracted wide coverage.

As an independent candidate, she must raise 600 signatures, at least 20 from each of the 30 districts. She believes that once she makes it to the ballot, she would make a good case and race against President Paul Kagame, who is widely expected to win the August 4 polls with a landslide.

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Ms Rwigara, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the California State University, Sacramento and a master’s degree in accounting from California State University, San Francisco, has surprised many with her boldness.On February 23, she held a press conference where she described herself as a “concerned Rwandan and activist” but denied intending to engage in politics. She highlighted several issues the country was facing that she said needed to be addressed urgently. Among these, she said, were the growing levels of poverty and hunger, which she said the government did not want to recognise, let alone address.”I am neither a politician nor a member of any political party,” Ms Rwigara told The EastAfrican shortly after the press conference, adding that she decided to speak out about the issues “because no one else appeared willing to speak about them.”On May 3, she called another press conference, during which she announced her intention to pit candidature against President Kagame.No freedom of press“The reason I am contesting is because our country has a stained past. The RPF government has achieved a number of things, attempted to deliver on others but completely failed on several aspects. Rwandans still face many challenges including poverty, hunger and injustices in all sections of the society,” she said.Ms Rwigara also said there was no freedom of press and expression in Rwanda, pointing out that none of the media were critical while those who tried to criticise the government often ended up in trouble, pointing out that she was ready to raise those concerns on behalf of the people.”We have cases of insecurity as people disappear without trace, some are killed while others flee the country. Most Rwandans know these but won’t speak out because of fear,” she said.Indeed, her move caught many off-guard, in a country where many people prefer silence rather than point out issues affecting them. A lot of talk followed her press conference, with many wondering where she got the guts to run for the country’s highest office.Several other prospective candidates have announced similar intentions for the top job in Rwanda, among them Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, former journalist Philippe Mpayimana and Gilbert Mwenedata, who will contest as independent candidates.InjusticesThe daughter of Assinapol Rwigara, a prominent businessman and RPF member, who died in February 2015 in an accident, Ms Rwigara maintains that her political ambitions were her personal decision and should not be in any way connected to her family.The embattled family has been in the limelight since the passing on of the tycoon after it contested the police version of the circumstances under which Mr Rwigara died. They went as far as petitioning President Kagame to call for an inquiry into the death.Since then, the family found itself in trouble when Kigali city authorities demolished a hotel of the deceased businessman because “it did not have the necessary permits”. Several of Mr Rwigara’s properties were also repossessed by the City of Kigali administration.Ms Rwigara maintains that she is not driven by anger or disgruntled by events surrounding her family, but says the manner in which her father died are some of the injustices she is willing to fight to correct.Her bid has not been helped by support from ‘renowned enemies’ of Kigali, including members of the Rwanda National Congress, an exiled group which Rwanda refers to as a criminal organisation, and of which one of her exiled uncles Benjamin Rutabana is a member.Ms Rwigara denies being a member of the group or any other political party, existing inside or outside the country.

Security Agencies Can Break or Enforce the Rule of Law

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opinionBy Peter Mwesigwa Katonene

In a recent discussion with a ‘learned friend’, on the importance of rule of law in developing good governance; he argued that the rule of law is simply a concept used by powerful nations or classes to legitimise their domination of the poorer and weaker nations and classes. When it suits their interests, they will preach rule of law.

But they will quickly dispense with any notion of the law, if their interests are threatened.

A case in point is, an article written by the US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac in Daily Monitor of May 8, commenting on the need for the Ugandan government to recognise freedom of expression. She cited Dr Stella Nyanzi’s arrest as a point of concern. Agreeably, the Ugandan Constitution states, every person shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, as well as the right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief.

Western countries in general, the US in particular, demand democracy, rule of law and compliance with ‘international standards’, in spite of their continuing flouting of those same standards. For instance, in the 1960s Lenny Bruce an American comedian tested the First Amendment, through ‘political vulgarity’. Bruce was arrested in 1961 in San Francisco and prosecuted for obscenity. Further obscenity charges followed in 1962 in Chicago and 1964 in New York and he died waiting appeal. However, Bruce received a posthumous pardon from a Republican New York governor in 2003.

The hypocrisy of the US should not excuse Uganda from being law abiding. What threatens the rule of law in the US does not necessarily apply in Uganda’s case.

From my personal experience, patronage within the security agencies has led to a break down in the rule of law in Uganda.

There is a sense that a certain crop within the leadership is untouchable because they serve higher interests. Therefore unlike the US, in Uganda’s case, it is a not the criminals, rebels or disloyal Opposition, rather the many untouchables, who occupy high ranking security offices. .

Consequently those who serve them as agents, or associates in the security and intelligence agencies believe they can get away with anything, including torture, abuse, humiliation, corporal punishment, intimidation and other kinds of excesses, in the service of their masters. The rule of law will remain a pipe dream so long as we perpetrate or condone these acts.

These security agencies have the same a la carte attitude to Parliament, Judiciary and the country.

They simply go on regardless of what the law says, or the people feel.

For example a few weeks ago the Inspector General of Police, displayed suspected common criminals to the media when a court ruling exists barring him from doing so.

These cavalier attitudes to the law are undermining the principle of separation of powers, and any notion of checks and balances.

Further a few days ago media outlets reported that the children of a suspect in the murder former Police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi were kidnapped from their home during a police search. It is not clear whether Abdul Rashid Mbaziira’s children are witnesses or suspects but my suspicion is neither. The police acting inhumanly also took his two-year-old daughter who is epileptic and needs special care. Furthermore, allegations of torture to secure confessions or information are abundant. The point I intend to drive home is that security agents are not acting with the realms of the rule of law.

No security officer has the discretion to choose which of the laws they can obey. If a citizen thinks a particular law is wrong or unjust, they can exercise their right to lobby or campaign to change it, including even defying such laws – as many security officers defied many colonial laws in the nationalist era.

Mr Mwesigwa Katonene is a rule of law consultant, Uganda Law Society & Doctor of Laws (PhD) candidate, University of Pretoria.

Ugandan Soldiers Given Medals in Somalia

By Risdel Kasasira

Kampala — Uganda’s soldiers returning home from Somalia were on Tuesday given medals as recognition for their peace support operations in the Horn of Africa.

The medals which are given to all African Union soldiers ending their tour of duty in Somalia were this time given to Battle Group 18 which has been replaced by Ugabag 21.

The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, who presided over the award ceremony, thanked Uganda for deploying troops for the recent ten years to help stabilise Somalia.

“UPDF could have remained in Kampala and Luwero Triangle and elsewhere but understood very well that as long as Somalia [remained] what it was in 2007, Uganda would not be safe,” Mr Madeira said.

Uganda was the first country to deploy troops in Somalia in 2007 and 2010 al shabaab carried out suicide bomb attacks as retaliation for its troop presence in Mogadishu.

Currently, Uganda has over 6,000 troops whose role is to guard key government installations including presidential palace, parliament, airport and seaport.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank your country and thank all your colleagues from Uganda who started this Mission by sacrificing their lives,” Mr Madeira said.

The medals parade, the first of its kind, was attended by the AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh, his deputy, Maj. Gen. Abreha Tesfaye and the Uganda Contingent Commander Brig. Kayanja Muhanga.

AMISOM Sector Commanders from Kenya, Burundi, Djibouti and the outgoing Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Lydia Wanyoto also attended the function.

“You have done your duty and we have to recognise your effort and that is why we have decorated you with those medals which, we think is enough recognition,” Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh, the AMISOM Force commander said.

Col. Ronald Bigirwa, Battle Group 18 Commander thanked the AU for decorating his group with the medals in recognition of their peace enforcement contribution in Somalia.

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Angola: Angola With 116.000 Km2 of Copper Belt

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Copper Belt (copper and cobalt metalliferous zone) of Zambia and DR Congo extends to the Angolan territory by at least 116.000 square kilometers, according to the air geophysical survey conducted in the country, under the National Geology Plan (Planageo), said on Wednesday the incumbent minister, Francisco Queiroz.

Africa: Frost & Sullivan Awards Bestmile’s Cloud-Based Fleet Management Solution for Its Potential to Transform Journey Planning Services

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London — BestMile’s fleet management model is based on advanced algorithms and machine learning to provide efficient autonomous transportation solutions

Based on its recent analysis of the fleet management software market, Frost & Sullivan recognises BestMile with the 2016 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. BestMile is poised to spearhead a new mobility paradigm with its robust expansion plans, technology leadership, and keen understanding of the market mobility needs of developed and emerging markets, especially Asia.

BestMile is one of the first providers of fleet management solutions for autonomous vehicles. Its open source integration protocol ensures that its solutions are compatible with vehicles manufactured by various automakers, and its software with any type of hardware. It delivers on-demand and fixed route services through a B2B2C cloud platform that enables the real-time automated dispatch of vehicles, route optimisation, and energy management. The interface for its platform is accessible to both operators and passengers, providing real-time updates and functioning as a booking portal.

BestMile’s fleet management software and cloud platform for autonomous vehicles has been launched at an opportune moment, as urban congestion, pollution, and alternative mobility continue to remain critical issues. Autonomous vehicles are seen as the future of the mobility industry and the company provides the strategic link between autonomous vehicle fleet owners and passengers.

“With no driver required to man the vehicle, fleet management becomes of strategic importance in order to improve capacity utilization, reduce operational and marginal costs, optimize routes and vehicles utilization.” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Ankita Mukherji. “Improving connectivity between all modes of transportation, BestMile’s solution will play a strategic role in journey planning services.”

BestMile serves a wide customer base comprising fleet operators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), public transit agencies, and private fleets, as its solutions can be easily customised. Clients that already have mobile apps and information systems can simply connect their existing infrastructure to BestMile’s cloud platform; for other clients, the company delivers comprehensive solutions with mobile applications.

For automakers, BestMile’s cloud platform is perfectly complementary to the vehicles they design for numerous transportation solutions. For transportation solution providers and cities, BestMile is the key to providing the next level of services. The company has demonstrated exceptional efficiency in three strategic areas: back-end operator interface, front-end passenger interface, and operations and maintenance services.

Significantly, BestMile has collaborated with a wide range of autonomous vehicle manufacturers, transportation solution providers, and cities, as well as corporations. Some of its recent partners include Navya (France), Local Motors (US), NEXT Future Transportation (US), and Hi-Tech Robotics Systemz (India). BestMile’s first commercial project, known as “SmartShuttle” in partnership with Switzerland’s PostBus, was launched on 23 June 2016 and runs autonomous shuttles in Sion, carrying passengers as part of the public transportation system.

“BestMile’s goals for the future include advancing R&D, catalysing its business development, and expanding its partnership portfolio to include mobility solution providers, technology companies, cities, and autonomous vehicle manufacturers,” noted Ankita. “While most of its current projects are based in Europe and the United States, it is actively looking to establish a strong presence in Asia.”

Acknowledging the vision behind its futuristic, cloud-based fleet management solutions for autonomous cars, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present BestMile with the 2016 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. Frost & Sullivan firmly believes that BestMile will be instrumental in building a new mobility paradigm.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leverage leading-edge technologies. The award recognises the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, raises customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.

The Award for New Product Innovation is part of Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards which recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research.

About BestMile

BestMile is a Swiss company with offices in Lausanne (Switzerland), London (UK) and San Francisco (USA), developing distributed and highly scalable cloud technology leveraging the full potential of autonomous vehicles to tackle global mobility challenges. BestMile provides the first fleet automation platform allowing for the intelligent operation and optimization of autonomous vehicle fleets, regardless of their brand or type and managing both fixed-route and on-demand service types.

Since its creation in 2014, BestMile built a proven track record as the leading company for fleet automation in the autonomous mobility industry. BestMile was the first company to offer on-demand autonomous mobility services and is now enabling the first instance in which electric autonomous shuttles are circulating through a city center on both pedestrian areas and open roads, and servicing the public on a daily basis.

Contact:

Maud SimonP: +41 (0) 78 956 93 46E: maud.simon@bestmile.com

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion.

Contact:

Chiara CarellaP: +44 (0) 207.343.8314F: 210.348.1003E: chiara.carella@frost.com

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Africa: Intelliber Technologies Announces a Kickstarter Campaign for Socialyk – World’s 1st Human Centric SAAs Platform

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San Francisco — Imagine a platform where users, content and actions go together. On demand by a vetted net of millions of users who are entrepreneurs, recruiters, travelers, bloggers, event organizers, project owners, marketers etc.

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A platform where activities and stuffs are human and need centric focused towards impacting the lives of users and bringing a social and professional impact in an individual and brand focused ecosystem. A place where users gather to identify insights, analytical intelligence, hire talented candidates, build their subscriber base, get customers, post classifieds, check reviews, claim offers, bid on projects, market as per audience and consumer type, sell through real-time leads, access analytical data not available in the public domain and apply to jobs. It’s called Socialyk.

Just post your needs across relevant categories and let our human centric approach based engine automatically match you with the right users. Whatever, whenever, wherever you need it.

Your human needs could be a travel agent in Hawaii, an adventure trip to Mount Everest, search for a travel partner, business needs of a company in Silicon Valley, a buyer in your location, a recruiter hiring for your skill sets, a marketer running offers for your kind of audience or a scuba diver in Bangkok. Incredible users across global locations are now at your fingertips.

Everyone on Socialyk has a detailed profile with samples of their work. You can see their interests, skill sets, preferences and the full range of their expertise. Reviews help you choose the right company for your next job. On Socialyk, you can add your existing team; let people know about your services and products or build an entire team through our job post feature from the ground up. Socialyk’s human focused approach brings information’s and opportunities for your needs to your disposal. Socialyk also handles the marketing researches, business intelligence and surveys for companies and individuals and helps you with informed decision making through real-time business data.

So whether you are a recruiter, job seeker, freelancer, company owner, brand or a media conglomerate; Socialyk helps you focus on doing what you love most; doing amazing things. Finding and availing opportunities real-time, every time.

How is Socialyk Different from other’s doing the same thing?

Socialyk brings opportunities to YOU in line with its human centric approach and philosophy. Saves your time and money spent across multiple sites and multiple subscriptions for doing the same thing. REMEMBER EVERY PENNY SAVED IS AN INVESTMENT.

Existing platforms only serve specific needs of users. Socialyk is fully functional and end to end platform bringing opportunities to users like jobs, reviews, offers, happening events, information on companies, projects. EVERYTHING UNDER A SINGLE PAGE SAVING YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON VARIOUS SUBSCRIPTIONS.

You can control what happens on every post that you submit on Socialyk? You can control which post can be commented, liked, shared or say just viewed. Move over to the “Set Action” button located at the top right of your “Waveline Post” box. Select which actions you want to allow and voila you are done.

Existing platforms have one-way approach ignoring the human centric needs of opportunities being made available to them. None of them have a functionality driven, full funnel, end-to-end, human centric, market side demand and supply oriented SaaS functionalities.

Innovation in technology platforms which have kept a human centric approach have always succeeded in bringing a social rise and better acceptance in being a change maker in the tech ecosystem. Socialyk is the world’s 1st human centric SaaS platform and one of the first smart platforms to hit the market and has garnered interest and accolades from casual users to companies of various sizes and well know personalities like Christopher Ruhr – 3 Times Olympic Gold Medal winner from Germany and MS Dhoni, famous cricketer and ex-captain of Indian Cricket Team during beta testing. Now Socialyk is available to the public with special privileges and excellent rewards for Kickstarter backers.

Socialyk’s Kickstarter campaign is officially open now and can be seen here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1802574659/socialyk-worlds-1st-saas-based-networking-platform?ref=bvu3zi

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Angola: Uige – Bishop Francisco Condemns Alcohol Abuse in Families

[ANGOP] Uige -The Catholic Emeritus Bishop Dom Francisco de Mata Mourisca, who was responsible for the Uige Diocese, condemned on Sunday the alcohol abuse inside the families, deeming it one of the main causes of domestic violence, which destroys several homes.

Africa: Angola Eyes Investment at African Mining Conference

Luanda — Angola will be a “case study” at the Investing in African Mining Indaba International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on 6-9 February, an event that annually brings together investors, government representatives , financiers and companies worldwide linked to the mining sector, with the aim of attracting investments.

By taking part once again in the event, Angola is taking to the forum the latest discoveries of the National Geology Plan (PLANAGEO), the institutional environment and the regulatory framework that put the country as a mining investment destination.

The instrument to achieve this challenge is the “Angola Busness Forum” conference, a private event that aims to attract the attention of investors, entrepreneurs and government decision-makers on mining investment opportunities in Angola and share basic information on the current stage of Planageo.

The Minister of Geology and Mining, Francisco Queiroz, said he is going to Indaba with some information regarding the latest discoveries made under Planageo to attract the attention of investors.

The Indaba 2017 will include more interactive presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities designed to withstand the challenges faced by countries.

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Nairobi Ranks Tenth On Jll’s City Momentum Index

By Baraka Jefwa

Nairobi makes it on JLL’s fourth annual City Momentum Index (CMI) of the world’s most dynamic cities as the 10th city out of 134 others.

The cities on JLL’s CMI share the ability to embrace technological change, absorb rapid population growth and strengthen global connectivity. Cities in India, China and Vietnam, along with several in the U.S., head the list of the world’s fastest changing cities.

“With more than half the world’s population currently living in cities, a proportion that is expected to grow substantially over the next few decades, the success of our cities takes on great importance,” noted Jeremy Kelly, JLL Director of Global Research. “The CMI highlights that, despite various political upheavals and ongoing economic uncertainties, many cities continue to show impressive dynamism. Keys to their success are the agility and openness that enable them to adapt quickly to each new wave of global change.”

Technology continues to be a major driver of momentum in the world’s 30 fastest-changing cities. These cities provide fertile environments for innovation and successfully integrate into global networks, often outperforming their national economies.

Highlights of the CMI Top 30 include:

Asia Pacific cities comprise half of the top 30 fastest-changing cities. India has taken over from China as home to some of the world’s most dynamic cities. Six Indian cities feature in the CMI Global Top 30, with the country’s primary technology hub, Bangalore (1), moving into the top spot for the first time.

‘Established World Cities’ integrate technology into their existing economies and leverage their established strengths to draw top talent. These cities include London (6), New York (14), Paris (17) and Los Angeles (27). While London has fallen from the top spot (a position it held for the past two years), it has remained remarkably resilient following the Brexit vote, retaining a top 10 ranking.

High-tech excellence helped push ‘New World Cities further up the Top 30. These cities, which include Silicon Valley (3), Austin (7), Boston (9), Seattle (20), San Francisco (21) and Raleigh-Durham (24) in the U.S.; Melbourne (12) and Sydney (16) in Australia; and Dublin (28) and Stockholm (30) in Europe, are supported by robust infrastructure, a favorable quality of life and transparent business practices, which boost momentum and real estate market activity.

A shift into high-value activities helped drive momentum in ‘Agile High-Value Emerging Cities. Standouts include megacities such as Shanghai (4) and Beijing (15), and technology hubs such as India’s Bangalore and Hyderabad (5) and China’s Shenzhen (22).

Dynamic labor markets help fuel some ‘Emerging Megacities, such as Chennai (18), Manila (19), Delhi (23) and Mumbai (25). However, this group faces significant infrastructure and quality of life issues, with high levels of inequality, congestion and pollution hindered by weak city governance.

Low costs, rapid consumer market expansion and high levels of foreign direct investment (FDI) characterize ‘High Potential Cities, such as Ho Chi Minh City (2) and Hanoi (8) in Vietnam, as well as East African technology hub Nairobi (10) in Kenya.

The 134 cities covered by the CMI were assessed using 42 variables including recent and projected changes in city gross domestic product, population, corporate headquarter presence, commercial real estate construction and rents. Other factors included education, innovation and environment.

Kenya: Nairobi Ranks Tenth On Jll’s City Momentum Index

By Baraka Jefwa

Nairobi makes it on JLL’s fourth annual City Momentum Index (CMI) of the world’s most dynamic cities as the 10th city out of 134 others.

The cities on JLL’s CMI share the ability to embrace technological change, absorb rapid population growth and strengthen global connectivity. Cities in India, China and Vietnam, along with several in the U.S., head the list of the world’s fastest changing cities.

“With more than half the world’s population currently living in cities, a proportion that is expected to grow substantially over the next few decades, the success of our cities takes on great importance,” noted Jeremy Kelly, JLL Director of Global Research. “The CMI highlights that, despite various political upheavals and ongoing economic uncertainties, many cities continue to show impressive dynamism. Keys to their success are the agility and openness that enable them to adapt quickly to each new wave of global change.”

Technology continues to be a major driver of momentum in the world’s 30 fastest-changing cities. These cities provide fertile environments for innovation and successfully integrate into global networks, often outperforming their national economies.

Highlights of the CMI Top 30 include:

Asia Pacific cities comprise half of the top 30 fastest-changing cities. India has taken over from China as home to some of the world’s most dynamic cities. Six Indian cities feature in the CMI Global Top 30, with the country’s primary technology hub, Bangalore (1), moving into the top spot for the first time.

‘Established World Cities’ integrate technology into their existing economies and leverage their established strengths to draw top talent. These cities include London (6), New York (14), Paris (17) and Los Angeles (27). While London has fallen from the top spot (a position it held for the past two years), it has remained remarkably resilient following the Brexit vote, retaining a top 10 ranking.

High-tech excellence helped push ‘New World Cities further up the Top 30. These cities, which include Silicon Valley (3), Austin (7), Boston (9), Seattle (20), San Francisco (21) and Raleigh-Durham (24) in the U.S.; Melbourne (12) and Sydney (16) in Australia; and Dublin (28) and Stockholm (30) in Europe, are supported by robust infrastructure, a favorable quality of life and transparent business practices, which boost momentum and real estate market activity.

A shift into high-value activities helped drive momentum in ‘Agile High-Value Emerging Cities. Standouts include megacities such as Shanghai (4) and Beijing (15), and technology hubs such as India’s Bangalore and Hyderabad (5) and China’s Shenzhen (22).

Dynamic labor markets help fuel some ‘Emerging Megacities, such as Chennai (18), Manila (19), Delhi (23) and Mumbai (25). However, this group faces significant infrastructure and quality of life issues, with high levels of inequality, congestion and pollution hindered by weak city governance.

Low costs, rapid consumer market expansion and high levels of foreign direct investment (FDI) characterize ‘High Potential Cities, such as Ho Chi Minh City (2) and Hanoi (8) in Vietnam, as well as East African technology hub Nairobi (10) in Kenya.

The 134 cities covered by the CMI were assessed using 42 variables including recent and projected changes in city gross domestic product, population, corporate headquarter presence, commercial real estate construction and rents. Other factors included education, innovation and environment.

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