Chatham House Forum: Will Super-Cities Destroy National Economies?

Suki Basi presents the case that super-cities now act to concentrate a country’s better paid jobs, primarily in the service sector, and as such, if they do not properly connect to the rest of a country’s economy, national economies will suffer.

Members event, Panel Recording
17 July 2018 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE London

With the population of the world’s cities projected to double in size between now and 2050, what impact will this have on global and national economies? Will the concentration of wealth and talent in these growing super-cities destroy economies by creating a two class system between rural and urban areas?

Suki Basi argues that what is needed to safeguard national and global economic growth is for states to adopt a ‘distributed model’ in which super-cities act as a platform from where knowledge can be spread across different regions while operating as connections and conduits to international markets.

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Suki Basi, Managing Director, Russell Group

Chair: Ellie Groves, Events Co-ordinator, Chatham House 

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