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The focus of many industrializing economies over the last few decades on export-oriented growth based on agglomeration economies, new transport and communications technologies, value chains and skilled labour carries an important lesson. The extent and speed of these changes were not envisaged fifty years ago. The future is always uncertain. All that is certain is …

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Although urban areas around the world are becoming more and more interrelated, cities have their local dynamics and specificities—which include social structures, way of life, production, the environment and infrastructure.  As they interact, these dynamics transform one another and it is upon the socio-political institutions to make sure that they do so in a beneficial …

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The capital and largest city of North Korea, in the southwest-central part of the country. It was an important cultural center and Chinese colony after 108 BC, later fell to the Japanese, and became capital of North Korea in 1948. Thanks to the persistent efforts of the Korean Workers’ Party, Pyongyang is one of the …

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Mumbai also known as Bombay, the official name until 1995 is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world, with an estimated city population of 18.4 million. Along with the neighbouring regions of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, …

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Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and also its second largest city, is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, and is now going through a building boom, making it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia. Consistently ranked among …

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While Africa’s cities are growing rapidly in population, they are developing informally as current urban planning has proven to be ineffective, and private development is often deterred by opaque or inappropriate regulations Researchers predict that in 2030, Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa will each have to cater for over 20 million people, while Luanda, Dar es …

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Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, located in the central-western part of the country bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest city in the Maghreb, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically. Casablanca is Morocco’s chief port and one of the largest financial …

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Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Its modern skyline is dominated by the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan …

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Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17.8 million within the urban area. Moscow has the status of a Russian federal city. Moscow is a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific center of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city …

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For other uses, see Mogadishu Mogadishu Capital Mogadishu Location in Somalia Coordinates: 02°02′N 45°21′ECoordinates: 02°02′N 45°21′E Country  Somalia Region Banaadir Government  • Mayor Thabid Abdi Mohammed Area  • Urban 96,878 km2 (37,327 sq mi) Elevation 9 m (30 ft) Population (2017)  • Capital 2,120,000 Demonym(s) Mogadishan Time zone EAT (UTC+3) Climate BSh Mogadishu Somali, known locally as Hamar, is the capital and most …

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