By Jake Maxwell Watts and Nguyen Phuong Linh

In both the developing and industrialised worlds, economic growth rates, like bad news, can be entirely relative. Vietnam’s respectable-sounding GDP growth of 5.08 per cent in 2012 was in fact a painful fall from 5.9 per cent in 2011 and marked its slowest pace in 13 years. Will 2013 be any better? Read more

Vietinbank, one of Vietnam’s biggest state-owned banks, will next week embark on a global roadshow to promote a dollar bond issue – a test of international investor appetite at a time of ongoing economic turbulence.

Can Vietinbank succeed where other state-owned companies have failed in trying to issue international bonds? Read more