HONG KONG, March 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Vietnam has one of the most dynamic economies in the region. This month, on 'Growing Vietnam', CNN meets the entrepreneurs and innovators who are helping drive the country's robust growth. From tech to cosmetics, from coffee to sustainable fashion, CNN discovers how this Southeast Asian country is transforming and welcoming a new era of rapid economic development.
Highlights of the 30-minute program include:
Silicon Valley, Vietnam
Young Vietnamese entrepreneurs are building a vibrant tech ecosystem across the country by tapping into a highly skilled talent pool and growing internet and smartphone usage. CNN meets two people leading the way: the CEO of one of Vietnam's biggest tech companies, VNG, and the founder of Appota, a rising star in Vietnam's tech scene.
CNN explores Vietnam's growing cosmetics industry with a vlogger who's helping young Vietnamese learn more about the market through her wildly popular Youtube channel, Chang Makeup. CNN also meets the local director for a Korean cosmetics brand, LG Vina Cosmetics, which has a large market share in the country.
Business of beer
Vietnam is one of the fastest growing beer markets in the world. Saigon Beer was first poured in the 1870s and now its brewer, Sabeco, says innovation and technology will give the company an advantage in the market. Not only is it facing increasing competition from local craft breweries but major foreign rivals are also leaving their mark.
Vietnam is the world's second largest exporter of coffee after Brazil. Vietnam's specialty is the more bitter robusta bean often used in instant coffee. CNN meets local brand Intimex, which is the country's largest exporter of coffee, and speaks to young Vietnamese entrepreneurs hoping to cash in on the growing market for specialty coffee shops.
Some of the most iconic Western clothing and shoe brands are made in Vietnam. But because textiles are a major contributor to CO2 emissions, some sustainable factories in Vietnam, like the Deutsche Bekleidungswerke garments manufacturing center, are hoping Vietnam can become a global leader of greener and cleaner fashion.
Airtimes for 30-minute special:
Saturday, 14th March at 2030 HKT and 2330 HKT
Sunday, 15th March at 0430 HKT, 1030 HKT and 1200 HKT
Monday, 16th March at 0830 HKT and 1530 HKT
Wednesday, 18th March at 0030 HKT
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