The DPRK Business Monthly, an international business report edited in Beijing, has been made available to CanKor readers by its editor, Paul White. Please check the current June 2012 edition here: DPRK Business Monthly Vol III, No.5
Titles of articles found in this issue include:
- China Offers Work Visas for 40,000 N.Koreans
- UN Report Highlights Plight of NK Children
- Politics Hampering UN Aid Efforts
- Female Participation in North Korea’s Business Sector
- Table Tennis Player Sees Opportunity for Unity
- NK Could Be Major Carbon Credit Player
- Visa-free Access to Yalu River Zone
…plus a number of other items, including a selection of North Korean tours by various tour operators.
Comment by the Business Monthly Editor:
China’s issuance of 40,000 work visas, and perhaps more in the pipeline, to North Koreans is a step in the right direction. It is well attested that the vast majority of North Koreans who have fled their homeland since the famine of the 1990s (the “Arduous March”) have been economic migrants seeking a better life, not political refugees, of whom only a handful were recorded in the previous four decades. The deal apparently came about as a result of a request by the DPRK’s new leader Kim Jong Un. Now, those who wish to do so will be able to legally work in China — as many already do in Russia — and send money (the Renminbi yuan is regarded as a hard currency in NK) and food home, avoiding falling into the hands of human traffickers and being smuggled into South Korea, where their lot is not a happy one. This will reduce the profits of this evil trade, and help the Chinese police crack down on the gangsters and rescue their victims.
It will also take the wind out of the sails of those who claim that North Koreans flee and fall prey to the traffickers because Pyongyang doesn’t allow them to leave.
Please feel free to consult the full issue by clicking on this link: DPRK Business Monthly Vol III, No.5