Secondary cities often have an important role to play as part of a national urban system. They are often integral to the systems that shape the flow of materials, goods, services, and people through the national economy.
Secondary cities can play a significant role in reducing regional development disparities. In addition, they have higher levels of national productivity and income per capita.
However, secondary cities in developing countries face numerous challenges and often lack key administrative, financial, technical, and planning skills.
Simon Ratcliffe explores some of the opportunities and challenges facing secondary cities.