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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCT-NOVEMBER 2016 • Page 21 individual countries and regions. The index ranks countries on their depth (intensity of international flows) and breadth (geographical distribution of flows), which combine for an overall connectedness score between 0 and 100. The Netherlands retained its top rank as the world’s most connected country and Europe is once again the world’s most connected region. All but two of the top 10 most globalised countries in the world are located in Europe, with singapore and the united Arab Emirates as the standouts. North America is the second most globally-connected region and leads on the capital and information pillars, with the united states as the most connected country in the Americas. Overall the us is ranked 27th out of the 140 countries measured by the GCI. North America had the largest gain in overall global connectedness during the past two years, followed by south and Central America and the Carib- bean. Countries in south and Central Asia and sub-saharan Africa suffered a drop in their average levels of global connectedness. suriname, Jamaica and Fiji were the biggest gainers in terms of rank changes from 2013 to 2015, moving up 23 (112th to 89th), 22 (107th to 85th) and 20 (94th to 74th) places respectively. suriname’s rise was driven by a substantial broadening of its international interactions, whereas Jamaica and Fiji increased on both the depth and breadth dimensions of their event EXPRESSTM Do you really want a native Event App but think that your deadline is too tight? We’ll have it ready in for you. 10 days www.eventapps.com.au Find out more at... invisage your satchel in your hand branded for your event network with social timelines attendee profiles instant messaging developed and supported in australia engage with beacon and geofence messaging global connectedness. Nigeria, Togo and Nicaragua experi- enced the largest decreases in terms of overall rank, dropping 28 (67th to 95th), 21 (72nd to 93rd) and 19 (71st to 90th) places respectively. New city indices The twin trends of globalisation and urbanisation have prompted rising inter- est in global cities. The 2016 edition of the DHL Global Connectedness Index introduces two new city indices. The Globalisation Giants index compares the size of cities’ international interactions. The Globalisa- tion Hotspots index parallels the depth dimension of the country-level GCI and ranks the cities with the most intense international flows of trade, capital, peo- ple, and information compared to their internal activity. singapore leads both of the new city-level globalisation indices. “Even after allowing for singapore’s structural advantages, the Lion City still outperforms on the depth of its inter- national flows,” said Ghemawat. “Credit must be given to policies aimed at grow- ing singapore’s connections beyond its immediate neighbourhood,” he added. London and New york, perennial lead- ers on rankings of global cities, place third and fourth on the Globalisation Giants index, but only 47th and 76th on the Globalisation Hotspots index. Many smaller cities are far more intensively focused on international activity that these two megacities, according to the report. unexpected high performers in the Hotspots index include Manama (2nd), Tallinn (6th) and Mumbai (13th). Aust government to assist Sunshine Coast upgrade AusTRALIA’s Federal government is to part finance upgrading Queens- land’s sunshine Coast Airport to an international air passenger and freight hub. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said under an agreement with the sunshine Coast Council, Canberra will provide a concessional loan of A$181 million to help finance construction of a new runway and extensions to the airport’s terminal and aircraft aprons. “upon completion, the airport will be able to accommodate aircraft as large as the A330 and B787, which opens the region to a broader range of international locations, including important growth markets in south- east Asia,” said Chester. “The airport expansion will provide over 1,500 direct and 650 indirect full-time jobs during the construction phase.” Dates confirmed for Air Freight Logistics Vietnam 2017 The Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA), the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) and the Vietnam Logistics Media will hold the 3rd, Air Freight Logistics Vietnam 2017 conference and exhibi- tion at Pullman saigon Hotel on 15-16 April 2017.