Vietnam makes leaps toward developed status (Source: Frontera online newspaper)
Italy’s Frontera online newspaper has run a story highlighting Vietnam’s great economic achievements since it began the Doi Moi (renewal) process in 1986.
Under the title “Vietnam’s place in the Asian Century”, the newspaper underlined that from a war-ravaged and impoverished country just a few decades ago, Vietnam is now associated with humming factories, a swelling middle-class, and its emergence as the new export wonder of Asia.
Apart from a brief period of economic distress and financial volatility experienced from 2009 to 2012, the country has been a development role model with sustained gross domestic product (GDP) growth of approximately 6 percent a year, and is at the threshold of the middle-income club of economies.
With a per capita GDP of around 2,200 USD, the Vietnamese are starting to experience a sustained consumption boom as disposable income is now large enough to kickstart a surge in discretionary spending on everything ranging from entertainment to cars and holidays.
The newspaper wrote that with a highly strategic location, a young population of nearly 100 million, a highly literate and numerate workforce, a vibrant consumer class with a demonstrated taste for adoption of new technology, Vietnam is likely to continue its pole-vault towards developed country status.
As the country’s economy starts to matter in the region, so will its geopolitical significance, it said./.