(Ecofin Agency) - U.S. firm Mercer just issued its 25th Cost of Living Survey that ranks the most expensive cities in the world. The survey ranked 209 cities, including 42 in Africa.
Ndjamena, Chad, which ranks 11th in the world, comes first in Africa’s top 10. It is followed by Victoria (in Seychelles, 14th worldwide), Kinshasa (in DRC, 22nd worldwide), Libreville (in Gabon, 24th worldwide).
The cities of Lagos (Nigeria, 25th worldwide), Luanda (Angola, 26th worldwide), Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire, 30th worldwide), Brazzaville (Congo, 39th), Yaoundé (Cameroon, 52nd) and Bangui (Central African Republic, 54th) close the Top 10 on the continent.
The U.S. firm says that 8 of the 10 most expensive cities in the world are Asian ; this is a result of the high costs of consumer goods for expatriates and a dynamic housing market.
The ranking was based on criteria, including the cost of housing, transportation, food, clothing, household items and entertainment.
Let’s note that Tunis, the Tunisian capital, remains the cheapest city in Africa and the world, this year and the last.
Zeinab Dosso (intern)