Vietnam: the Rising Star of SouthEast Asia

This episode is about the rising star of SouthEast Asia: Vietnam

Calling from Saigon, I spoke to Vinh Ho an American entrepreneur and host of the podcast Focus Asia-Pacific.

He moved to Vietnam few years ago and he said it’s been a very exciting time for the country economic growth.

We talked about how the Vietnamese young generations is very tech savvy, the start-up landscape, how mobile payments are taking off in the country and the differences between China and Vietnam .

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