After Tokyo, Singapore is the world’s second safest city, a mark it has secured in the most recent edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Safe Cities Index (SCI).
Singapore placed first in both infrastructure and individual safety, securing the second place in computerized security. Singapore also ranked second both times in the index’s previous editions in 2015 and 2017.
As quoted by CNA, EIU senior editor Naka Kondo, editor of this year’s report on the Safe Cities Index, said, “Overall, while wealth is among the most important determinants of safety, the levels of transparency – and governance – correlate as closely as income with index scores.”.
Cities that did good overall, tend to have high-standard healthcare facilities, hard working cyber security groups, network-based police and calamity continuity, and planning, according to a report.
This year’s edition also viewed “urban resilience” – the ability of a city to get hit and counter attack the shocks.
The idea has turned into a significant part of city safety planning, especially as policy-creators plan for the inevitable effect of climate change on cities, such as heavy flooding and more consistent and harsh heatwaves.
The 2019 list evaluates for the real time features like the availability of a disaster plan, the speed of a city’s emergency services, the monitoring of potential dangers, and the strength to secure infrastructure against cyber attacks.
Competitiveness and best place for kids
Singapore secured top positions in two worldwide rankings, becoming the No 1 in business competitiveness and the best place for children, in May this year.
Singapore surpassed Hong Kong and the United States to be the world’s most supreme economy, regaining the title it last got in 2010, said by an annual report from Switzerland-based think-tank IMD World Competitiveness Centre.
It attributed Singapore’s ascent to its advanced technological infrastructure, favourable immigration laws, efficient ways in setting up new businesses, and availability of skilled labour.