Seoul City was recently ranked 7th – its highest ever standing – in the Global Power City Index, which is a measure of international influence among 35 major cities worldwide.
The GPCI, a leading indicator of the international influence of global cities, is announced by the Mori Memorial Foundation (http://www.mori-m-foundation.or.jp/english/index.shtml) of Japan with the advice of world authorities in city research, including Peter Hall and Saskia Sassen.
Seoul City rose by one notch to 7th place after jumping four notches last year, with the Korean continuing to break its own records year after year.
In this year’s GPCI evaluation, Seoul was picked as a strong city that spearheads other rival cities in the research and development field, among the six categories assessed. The City has also improved its ranking in four fields, including culture and exchange.
As part of the efforts to cultivate research and development to develop new growth engine industries, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has attracted leading overseas research institutes in the high-tech field over the past three years, while stepping up its efforts to construct an international research network. The City Government has also been striving to secure cultural diversity and enhance the charms of the City by assisting creative art activities and invigorating the art market, and by promoting flagship brands of culture and arts for the Korean capital.
Additionally, the launch of the entire sections of the Airport Railroad last December shortened the travel time between Seoul Station and Incheon International Airport to 43 minutes, thereby significantly enhancing accessibility from international airports to the City. The City Government has also constantly implemented measures designed to improve citizens’ health, including improved management of fine dust pollution, and to reduce emissions from diesel-powered vehicles, in accelerating its campaign to improve the City’s air quality to the level of Jeju-do.
Rather than allowing itself to become complacent with seventh place in the GPCI, which is a result of continuous policy measures aimed at improving citizens’ quality of life and elevating urban competitiveness over the past few years, the City Government will analyze the evaluation criteria of international assessments, including those of the GPCI, and reflect the results in setting its policy for city administration.
Notably, the City Government has announced that it will continue to develop and implement policies that will enable the City to enhance the quality of life and urban competitiveness, primarily by redoubling the efforts to advance citizen welfare, promote health, improve the quality of the residential environment, cultivate new growth engines, and create jobs.