World Bank to soon rank cities on ‘ease of living’

The World Bank Group will soon bring out an “ease of living” index that will rank cities globally, even as it is looking at tweaking the methodology used in its country-wise “ease of doing” business rankings to better capture reforms being carried out in large and diverse nations such as India.

The decision comes at a time when India has launched a mission to develop over 100 smart cities.On the World Bank Group’s Doing Business index, India had suggested that reforms undertaken across the country and not just in Mumbai and Delhi be considered.

On the proposed ‘ease of living’ index to rank cities world-wide, Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director, India, said, “One of the moot questions is that as you move more into high income [category], urban centres become extremely important, [including for] accommodation and so on. For cities to actually generate growth, the ease of living there has got to be very important.”

source:The Hindu

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