Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital has newly figured among Africa’s top three largest cities with the greatest capability for comprehensive development, according to the 2014 African Cities Growth Index (ACGI).
The ACGI placed Casablanca as the second African city with supreme potential for comprehensive development. Casablanca is the only representative Maghreb city, placed right after Accra (capital of Ghana) and ahead of Freetown (capital of Sierra Leone).
Accra is the only African city that was categorized in the high-potential sector. Casablanca and Freetown figured in the medium-high section.
Casablanca also placed 22nd in the 2014 Emerging Cities Outlook (ECO) and 3rd best weather place, stated in one report.
The 2014 ACGO featured two large Moroccan cities, Rabat, the administrative capital, ranking 15th, and the other one is Fez, the kingdom’s spiritual capital on 17th.
The 2014 ACGI researched 74 African cities, which were categorized into three kinds according to their population size: large (more than one million), medium (between 500,000 and one million) and small (less than 500,000). After their categorization, the cities were placed in one of four sections describing their potential for inclusive growth.
They believe that inclusive urbanization is a requirement for comprehensive growth, and so the ACGI is a lens through which African cities can be evaluated as future investment destinations.