How Vietnam Transformed into a Global Manufacturing Powerhouse

How Vietnam Transformed into a Global Manufacturing Powerhouse

Show Notes

Ever wondered how a nation transforms from a war-torn past to a thriving economic powerhouse?

Vietnam's transformation has been nothing short of astonishing, as it deftly navigated through technological advancements and strategic partnerships to establish itself as a pivotal player in the global trade landscape. This Asian nation, is now a central hub for manufacturing, produces a wide range of goods, from shoes to cutting-edge technology, harnessing the potential of the internet, smartphones, cloud computing, and data.

If you are currently listening to this podcast on a smartphone, there's a significant likelihood that the device was manufactured in Vietnam. Notably, mobile phones represent Vietnam's top export, generating export revenues exceeding $45 billion in 2017. In a period when global trade has stagnated, Vietnam's trade has skyrocketed, accounting for 190 percent of its GDP in 2017, up from 70 percent in 2007.

So, how did Vietnam emerge as a manufacturing powerhouse? In this episode of the Things Have Changed Podcast, we shine a spotlight on Vietnam and explore how the nation has firmly positioned itself as a vital player in Asian global trade, offering a fresh narrative of prosperity in the era of Slowbalization. Join us as we delve into the heart of Vietnam's economic renaissance


Transcript & Highlights

How Vietnam Became a Global Manufacturing Powerhouse

Vietnam has had a remarkable transformation into a leading global manufacturing hub, producing everything from clothing and footwear to high-tech electronics and electric vehicles.

Globalization's Impact on Trade:

Globalization has made our world more interconnected than ever, with businesses expanding globally and technology transforming even remote regions into vibrant marketplaces. Despite recent challenges, countries are reevaluating their trade strategies, seeking stability amidst volatility.

Vietnam's Manufacturing Rise:

Vietnam's transformation into a global manufacturing hub is remarkable. With its trade soaring to 190% of GDP in 2017, from 70% in 2007, Vietnam has become a critical trade partner in Asia. The country's success stems from its strategic policies, including liberalizing trade and attracting significant foreign direct investment.

Vietnam's Tech and Manufacturing Growth:

Vietnam's manufacturing prowess extends to high-tech industries, with the country serving as a key manufacturing hub for electronic products. Companies like Samsung have invested heavily in Vietnam, drawn by lower costs and stable economic conditions.

VIN Group's Innovation in the EV Market:

VIN Group, a prominent Vietnamese company, has ventured into the electric vehicle (EV) market, aiming to compete globally. Despite the challenges, VIN Group's rapid development of VINFest, an EV brand, highlights Vietnam's potential in the automotive industry.

Future Prospects and Global Partnerships:

Vietnam's rise as a manufacturing powerhouse opens new possibilities for global partnerships. The country's participation in agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its strategic location within ASEAN make it an attractive trade partner for many nations.


As Vietnam continues its economic renaissance, it stands as a testament to the transformative power of globalization. The country's journey from a closed economy to a global trade leader underscores the importance of strategic policies and international cooperation in driving economic growth.

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