Re: Kind of
Willing to stand corrected but I am a little confused on that. Last visa run i did was in Jan, I could not apply for an e-visa as a British Citizen. I had to apply for a VOA and stand in a queue at immigration, that also stands for many people I know listed on that list from other countries. Been living here 3 years, first visa I applied for was with the Vietnamese Embassy in London, there was no e-visa process in fact getting visa renewed past few months has been real fun and games because there was no e-visa process.
Resolution 79/NQ-CP that extended it to 80 countries is not even effective until July 1st 2020.
Vietnam also exports some textile brands like Eagle Creek, North Face, Salamon, They are definitely gearied to having manufacturers move over, there is a lot of incentives and trade areas were you get a lot of benefits for building factories, mostly concentrated around Tier 2 cities.
Yes Chains and big shops. I know what country I am talking about. Some examples, Vinmart, Lottie Mart, The Gio Di Dong, Cellphone S, Media mart, as well as foreign companies like Decathlon, H&M, Honda, Kawasaki, Burger king, KFC and so on. I mean I could find more but I have made several purchases via a standard chip and pin POS for larger goods there are definetly chains and big shops here - there's some huge malls here also. I buy any supermarket shopping with chip and pin, and a lot of smaller shops that tend to luxury goods are set up for it even if they are not chains. Dentists and so on also are set up at least the better ones.