S'pore in most innovative Asia-Pac city

SINGAPORE - Singapore is the most innovative city in the Asia-Pacific region, a study carried out by strategy consulting company Solidiance, has found. It got that recognition due to its rapid development from a trading port to an advanced technology leader and business leader. The Republic beat Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne and Hong Kong - the rest of the top five - to the top spot because "it has made dramatic and perpetual improvements for the past 25 years". The research, which studied 16 cities in the region, scored them in six categories: Their talent base, education and research systems, technology, culture and value systems, global integration and government regulations.

Singapore topped the global integration category, which looked at factors such as the cities' global competitiveness, their environmental sustainability and the level of English literacy in them. Singapore's worst showing - sixth - was in its culture and value systems, which looked at indicators such as the degree of censorship and tolerance for failure as inferred from the suicide rate. !-- Start For Web Only -->

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