Around the world, investment in urban areas is on the rise. To capitalise on this trend, cities must address a broad range of factors that affect their competitiveness, including investment climate, governance structures, and even urban form. This report assesses the competitiveness of Belgium’s two largest and most globally connected cities, Brussels and Antwerp, and offers recommendations for how the cities can adapt to become more competitive. The report is based on research carried out by ULI in early 2016 that included workshops with ULI members and other public and private sector leaders in Brussels and Antwerp, interviews with Belgian urban specialists, and a review of the two cities against recognised measures of international performance. In addition to this report, the research produced two detailed case studies of the competitiveness of Brussels and Antwerp. The report and the two case studies are designed to be read together.
Source : ULI