(VIDEO, GALLERY) No NIGERIAN City In Top 100 Quality Of Living Ranking

by Ike Obudulu Last updated on July 25th, 2017,

(VIDEO, GALLERY) No NIGERIAN City In Top 100 Mercer Quality Of Living Index 2017 Ranking. Only five African cities feature in the top 100 rankings in regards to quality of living, according to Mercer’s 19th Quality of Living ranking.

Five Africa cities managed to remain in the top 100 rankings in regards to quality of living, with Port Louis in Mauritius topping the Africa chart at an overall 84th position.

 The three South African cities which managed to remain in the top 100 rankings are:

  1. Durban (87) ranked the highest for quality of living within South Africa
  2. Cape Town is in 94th position
  3. Johannesburg just made it in in 96th position.

Mercer said despite increased political and financial volatility in South Africa, its cities still fell within the top 100 of the world’s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment.

“Economic instability, social unrest, and growing political upheaval all add to the complex challenge multinational companies face when analysing quality of living for their expatriate workforce,” said Ilya Bonic, senior partner and president of Mercer’s Career business.

“For multinationals and governments it is vital to have quality of living information that is accurate, detailed, and reliable. It not only enables these employers to compensate employees appropriately, but it also provides a planning benchmark and insights into the often-sensitive operational environment that surrounds their workforce.

“In uncertain times, organisations that plan to establish themselves and send staff to a new location should ensure they get a complete picture of the city, including its viability as a business location and its attractiveness to key talent.”

On the other side of the scope, Brazzaville (224) in the Republic of the Congo, N’Djamena (226) in Chad, Khartoum (227) in Sudan and Bangui (230) in the Central African Republic formed the four lowest-ranked cities for quality of living within Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa

Vienna, in Austria, ranks highest for quality of living for the 8th year in a row, and Singapore ranks first for city infrastructure.

Africa – Five Africa cities managed to remain in the top 100 rankings in regards to quality of living, with Port Louis in Mauritius topping the Africa chart at an overall 84th position.

On the other side of the scope, Brazzaville (224) in the Republic of the Congo, N’Djamena (226) in Chad, Khartoum (227) in Sudan and Bangui (230) in the Central African Republic formed the four lowest-ranked cities for quality of living within Africa.

Tunis, Tunisia

Port Louis is the only Africa city which managed to fall within the top 100 rankings with the highest for infrastructure in 94th place. Cape Town missed it with 1 position ranking at 101st position followed by Tunis (104) in Tunisia and Victoria (109) in Seychelles concluding the top 4 Africa cities.

Port Louis Skyline, Mauritius

Lack of infrastructure remains a challenge within Africa, with N’Djamena (224), Bangui (226), Conakry (227) in Guinea Republic and Brazzaville (228) in the Republic of the Congo forming the lowest rankings.

Victoria, Seychelles

Nigeria regarded as Africa’s largest economy is conspicuously missing as five Africa cities managed to remain in the top 100 rankings in regards to quality of living, according to the latest report from Mercer global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments.

The report says Port Louis in Mauritius topped the Africa chart at an overall 84th position.
Durban (87) ranked the highest for quality of living within South Africa, closely followed by Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (96). On the other side of the scope, Brazzaville (224) in the Republic of the Congo, N’Djamena (226) in Chad, Khartoum (227) in Sudan and Bangui (230) in the Central African Republic formed the four lowest-ranked cities for quality of living within Africa.

The Nigerian city of Lagos and Abuja ranked 212 and 213 respectively far behind Port Louis in Mauritius topped the Africa chart at an overall 84thposition, Durban (87) ranked the highest for quality of living within South Africa, closely followed by Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (96).

Nigeria was declared officially in a recession in the second quarter of 2016 (Q2’2016) and in the last week of November 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report for the third quarter ended September. According to the report, real output growth during the three months period slumped by 2.24 percent year-on-year (y/y) (the biggest since -7.59 percent recorded in Q1-2004), representing 18bps and 508bps declines from growth rates of -2.06 percent and 2.84 percent recorded in the previous quarter and Q3-2015 respectively.

The NBS in its latest report on Tuesday said Nigeria’s inflation rate  slowed to 17.78 percent year-on-year in February, 1.94 percent points lower from the rate recorded in January (18.72) percent.

“This represents the first time in 15 months that the headline CPI has declined on year on year basis representing the effects of slower rises in already high food and non food prices and favourable base effects over 2016 prices.”

Dubai (74) continues to rank highest for quality of living across the Middle East, rising one position in this year’s ranking, followed closely by Abu Dhabi (79), which climbed three spots. Damascus (225) in Syria, Sana’a (229) in Yemen and Baghdad (231) in Iraq are the region’s three lowest-ranked cities for quality of living.

Europe – Even with political and economic turbulence, Western European cities continue to enjoy some of the highest quality of living worldwide.

Still in the top spot, Vienna is followed by Zurich (2), Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and a newcomer to the list, Basel (10). In 69th place, Prague is the highest ranking city in Central and Eastern Europe, followed by Ljubljana (76) and Budapest (78). Most European cities remained stable in the ranking, with the exception of Brussels (27), dropping six places because of terrorism-related security issues, and Rome (57), down four places due to its waste-removal issues. Finally, Istanbul fell from 122nd to 133rd place as a result of the severe political turmoil in Turkey during the past year. The lowest ranking cities in Europe are St. Petersburg and Tirana (both ranked 176), along with Minsk (189).

America – In North America, Canadian cities take the top positions in the ranking.

Vancouver (5) is again the region’s highest ranking city for quality of living. Toronto and Ottawa follow in 16th and 18th place respectively, whereas San Francisco (29) is the highest ranking US city, followed by Boston (35), Honolulu (36), New York (44), and Seattle (45).

Asia-Pacific: Singapore (25) remains the highest ranking city in the Asia-Pacific region, where there is great disparity in quality of living

Mercer’s authoritative survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive and is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

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