This week’s BBC Radio 4 In Business radio show/podcast goes to Vietnam to report on
“a country fast becoming a star performer in Asia. Peter Day goes to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta and looks at the rapid growth of the rural economy and why Ho Chi Minh City is a good bet for foreign investment.”
It’s quite a glowing report of explosive growth, optimism and opportunity. However, as he says at the end,
“The economists say that within a year or two the citizens of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi will have enough money to start spending it on cars… The human scale of the city is about to disappear… And there’s no getting it back when that happens.”
The human scale also means all those street corner food stalls and streetcarts. You can listen to it at the BBC In Business site or subscribe to the podcast. Be warned though, I think the BBC makes these podcasts available from their site for one week only.
And I don’t think I heard the war word once.