The Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced the launch of the Vietnam International Linkages index 1995-2012 (VInterLink) to review the trends in co-operation with nine strategic partners.

The cooperation trends will be monitored in the fields of trade, investment, education, tourism and official development assistance.

Thai Son of the National Committee for the International Economic Cooperation Office (NIDEC) said that between 1995 and 2012, the partnership with China experienced the largest increase, up 33 times.

That was followed by the partnership with New Zealand, which rose 30 times. The country's partnerships with the ASEAN, Japan, the US, the Republic of Korea, Australia, Canada and the EU also witnessed increases.

The new index is the outcome of a project aimed at enhancing capacity building and coordinating global economic integration implemented by NIDEC and the ministry.-VNA