Vietnam makes leaps toward developed status. Photo for illustration: Frontera online newspaper
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 rate 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 USD 2,200, the Vietnamese are starting to experience a sustained consumption boom as disposable income is now large enough to kick-start 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 the developed country status.

As the country’s economy starts to matter in the region, so will its geopolitical significance, it said.

Source: VNA