Asia - From Saver To Spender

While many countries in the West continue to grapple with heavy debts, many Asian nations boast of healthy balance sheets - thanks to buoyant exports and a history of high national savings. Now there's evidence that the Asian saver is becoming more comfortable as a spender, helping drive Asia's strong economic growth and lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.

This week One Planet travels to Malaysia to find out what this change will mean for all of us. As part of the BBC's Power of Asia season, we speak to the economists and entrepreneurs of one of Asia's fastest growing economies about Asia's consumer boom. We visit a car show to hear some remarkable growth figures, and speak to Tony Fernandes of AirAsia, one of the region's biggest entrepreneurs, about the way the Asian markets are changing.

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18 minutes

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Mon 27 Jun 2011 15:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project