The challenge of developing and maintaining a competitive edge is an issue of importance for cities around the world. In Belgium, this issue is framed by distinct pressures and challenges posed by the country’s history and strategic role in Europe.
ULI’s research in cities around the world has found that investment in urban areas is on the rise. In addition, younger generations and talented workers are increasingly mobile, and are attracted to cities that offer both liveability and innovation. In this context, national and international competition amongst cities for investment and talent is significant. In order to position themselves to thrive in this context, Belgian cities need to address a variety of factors ranging from governance frameworks and regulatory issues to softer issues, such as liveability and social integration.
This report reviews the key competitive strengths and weaknesses of Brussels and Antwerp and makes a series of concrete recommendations. These will be useful to all those in the public and private sectors who wish to take action to enhance the competitiveness of these two cities.