Staying connected at a roadside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. The nation of about 100 million people has embraced free-market reforms over the past few decades, leading to surging growth. Photo: Bloomberg Staying connected at a roadside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. The nation of about 100 million people has embraced free-market reforms over the past few decades, leading to surging growth. Photo: Bloomberg
Staying connected at a roadside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. The nation of about 100 million people has embraced free-market reforms over the past few decades, leading to surging growth. Photo: Bloomberg
Andrew Sheng
Opinion

Opinion

Andrew Sheng

Why Asean holds the edge in a digital future: it’s the youth factor

  • Whether it is building a digital economy or preparing for climate change, nations like Vietnam and Indonesia are busy putting long-term plans into action
  • They have a trump card in the form of their youthful, digitally savvy and upwardly mobile populations

Staying connected at a roadside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. The nation of about 100 million people has embraced free-market reforms over the past few decades, leading to surging growth. Photo: Bloomberg Staying connected at a roadside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. The nation of about 100 million people has embraced free-market reforms over the past few decades, leading to surging growth. Photo: Bloomberg
Staying connected at a roadside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. The nation of about 100 million people has embraced free-market reforms over the past few decades, leading to surging growth. Photo: Bloomberg
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Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng is a former central banker and financial regulator, currently distinguished fellow at the Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong. He writes widely on Asian perspectives on global issues, with columns in Project Syndicate, Asia News Network and Caijing/Caixin magazines. His latest book is “Shadow Banking in China”, co-authored with Ng Chow Soon, published by Wiley.