In 2013, Seoul Metropolitan Government ranked 6th among 40 major global cities on the Global Power City Index (GPCI). Seoul City also received the UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA).
The Mori Memorial Foundation issues the GPCI annually through comprehensive analysis and appraisal of cities’ global competitiveness based on 26 items and 70 indices in 6 sectors (i.e., △ economy, △ R&D, △ culture, △ housing, △ environment, and △ transportation accessibility).
Seoul Metropolitan Governmment’s GPCI ranking has consistently improved since 2008 [i.e., 2008 (13th), 2009 (12th), 2010 (8th), 2011 (7th), 2012 (6th), and 2013 (6th)].
In the 2013 GPCI ranking, the cities that got ahead of Seoul were London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Singapore. In 2013, New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Singapore scored a point less than their previous year’s scores. In contrast, Seoul scored 23 points higher than its previous year’s score, recording the highest rate of rise next only to Frankfurt among the top 10 cities.
The Mori Memorial Foundation cited the drastic narrowing of the gap in points obtained by Seoul and Singapore (i.e., 38 points in 2012 to 9 in 2012) as the most notable factor in this year’s appraisal. According to the foundation, the improvement in economy was the most conspicuous factor that hiked up the competitiveness of Seoul.
We at Seoul City would like to share the good news with Seoulites who have fully cooperated with us.
There are still many things to be improved in what has been done by Seoul Metropolitan Government. We should renew our resolve for innovation. We need to learn many things from more advanced cities like New York, London, and Paris. We will do our best to make Seoul a better city in terms of the quality of people’s life, regarding the local residents of Seoul as our valuable partners.