Rabat - Casablanca came in second position in the 2015 African Cities Growth Index (ACGI), retaining its 2014 ranking in "the inclusive growth potential for cities."
Rabat – Casablanca came in second position in the 2015 African Cities Growth Index (ACGI), retaining its 2014 ranking in “the inclusive growth potential for cities.”
Maputo in Mozambique secured the first position, with the best inclusive growth potential in Africa, while Lagos in Nigeria came third, followed by Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire and Dar Es Saalam in Tanzania, respectively.
Of all top cities, Casablanca scored lower in 2015 than in 2014, with an index value of 42.791 points compared to a score of 47.275 last year.
“Casablanca in Morocco, the highest scoring large city in Northern Africa, attains a lower score than it did in 2014,” the report said.
According to ACGI, “All of the top five cities have improved on their 2014 index values except Casablanca, which keeps its second position despite attaining a lower score.”
Casablanca’s drop in the 2015 Index value is due to its low expenditure growth of household consumption, in addition to low population growth.
However, Morocco’s industrial capital tops North African cities with medium-high growth potential. “Casablanca is the only North African city at the higher level of growth potential, supported by Morocco’s relative stability in a turbulent region,” the report said.
“With the exception of Casablanca in Morocco, all North African cities fall into the medium to low growth potential range,” the report added.
Rabat and Fez came in 12th and 13th position respectively, with medium-low growth potential, followed by Cairo in 14th position, Algiers 16th, and Tripoli in 25th.