DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.12

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 January 2013 edition here: DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.12

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (left) and Google chairman Eric Schmidt (Photo by AP)

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (left) and Google chairman Eric Schmidt (Photo by AP)

Titles of articles found in this issue include:

  • Google Head Visits Pyongyang
  • Virtual Suggestions: Google and North Korea
  • DPRK Never Has Been Hermetically Sealed
  • Another US Entrepreneur Honorary Pyongyang Citizen
  • NK Relaxes Cell Phone Rules for Foreigners
  • NK Eyes More Foreign Media Outlets: AP Vice-president
  • Grain, Fertilizer Imports from China Fall Sharply
  • Western Instructors Train N. Koreans in Statistics
  • NK Seeks German Help to Open Economy
  • Pyongyang Wants Private Sector Cooperation with ROK
  • ROK Civic Groups Call for Kumgang Tours Resumption
  • DPRK Tablet PC Can Receive TV Broadcasts
  • Kaesong Production Up 17.5%
  • Row Brews Over Kaesong Holiday Move

…plus a number of other items, including a selection of North Korean tours by various tour operators.

Comment by the Business Monthly Editor:

“LinkedIn blocked me when I listed my North Korean address — and I was not the only one,” Felix Abt, a Swiss entrepreneur who spent seven years living and doing business in North Korea, said. Read the rest of this entry »

Drive in Pyongyang virtually without a visa!

Many are those who wish to visit North Korea, few are those who receive a visa to get there. And those who do will definitely not be allowed to drive themselves through the streets of Pyongyang. But now you have the option of doing exactly that right in the comfort of your home, wherever you happen to live.

Pyongyang Racer titleAs a sort of Christmas present to all its past and future customers, Koryo Tours commissioned  a DPRK gaming company to develop a racing game that lets you drive around Pyongyang all by yourself  in a locally made Pyonghwa Motors vehicle. CanKor Brain Trust member Hannah Barraclough of Koryo Tours explains that this is meant to be “a bit of retro fun” as a “free gift from Koryo Tours”.

The computer game, called the “Koryo Tours Pyongyang Racer”, lets you drive past genuine sites in North Korea’s capital city: the triumphal arch, the Juche tower, the skating rink, the pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel and much more. You collect fuel along the way, and try not to crash into any of the local cars, or the DHL vans! Read the rest of this entry »

DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.10

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 October 2012 edition here:  DPRK Business Monthly Vol III, No.10

Titles of articles found in this issue include:

  • N. Korea signs air service deal with UAE
  • Knowledge Sharing Promotes Growth, Understanding
  • NK Missing `Golden Moment’ to Stem TB
  • North, South Groups Remember Independence Fighter
  • NK Cabinet “Flexing Muscles”
  • New Consumer Culture Seen Emerging in NK
  • NK Has 1.5 Million Mobile Subscribers
  • More Chinese Inroads into Rason?
  • ROK May Build 2 More Daycare Centers at Kaesong

…plus a number of other items, including a selection of North Korean tours by various tour operators. Read the rest of this entry »

DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.9

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 October 2012 edition here: DPRK Business Monthly Vol III, No.9

Titles of articles found in this issue include:

South and North Korean Buddhist monks at a ceremony to mark the fifth
anniversary of the rebuilding of the Shingye Temple on Mount Kumgang in the
DPRK [Photo: Jogye Order]

  • DPRK Trade Delegation Visits Sweden
  • NK Reaching Out for China Investment
  • North Korea Agricultural Program
  • N-S Buddhist Monks “Work to Ease Tension”
  • Two ROK Groups to Deliver NK Children Aid
  • Seoul Warns Trade Agency Against North Contacts
  • Breast Cancer Institute Completed
  • Consumer Ads Appear in DPRK Press

…plus a number of other items, including a selection of North Korean tours by various tour operators. Read the rest of this entry »

DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.8

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 August 2012 edition here: DPRK Business Monthly Vol III, No.8

Chongjin Port [Photo: KCNA]

Titles of articles found in this issue include:

  • First Pacific Nation Opens Office in Pyongyang
  • ROK Firms Get Foothold on NK’s Doorstep
  • China Gets Access to NK East Sea Port
  • DPRK Military Trade Unit In Joint Ventures with China
  • ROK Bars Firms in China Hiring N. Koreans
  • For Outsourcing IT, Have You Considered North Korea?
  • Hwanggumpyong Management Building Initiated

…plus a number of other items, including a selection of North Korean tours by various tour operators. Read the rest of this entry »

First Foreigners to visit the top of Ryugyong Hotel – Pictures

[CanKor Brain Trust member Hannah Barraclough sent us this Special Report about her visit to the spectacular pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, which has now been covered in glass, with the insides being gradually worked on, starting at the bottom floors. The photos are quite spectacular. –CanKor]

Ryugyong Hotel Special Report

Koryo Tours Special Report – We’ve been up the Ryugyong!

On Sept 23rd Koryo Tours’ staff were taken to the top of the enigmatic and oddly iconic 105 storey Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang – we were the first foreigners allowed to take pictures there and are able to print a handful of shots of the ground floor and the open air viewing platform more than 300 metres up.

The view was incredible and breathtaking indeed! The inside of the building still has substantial work to be done but the structure of the lobby and dining area and conference room (all on the ground floor) were visible, sources at the site suggest 2 or 3 more years until projected completion at which time hotel rooms, office space, and long term rentals will be available.

Until then the memories of a view over Pyongyang that many have imagined but few have experienced remain with us. As soon as the building can be occupied we will of course offer tours staying there – stay tuned for further info that we’ll beam from the top of the tower! Read the rest of this entry »

Final Arirang mass games performance to be held end of September

[The following post has been made available by Koryo Tours. –CanKor]

Mass Games – the end of Arirang has come

Koryo Tours is sad to announce that the Arirang Mass Games are about to come to an end. The final performance is expected to be on 27th or 29th September 2012. We are informed by our colleagues in Pyongyang that the event is now finished and will not be extended. The Arirang Mass Games started in 2002 and became an annual event in 2007, every year since then it has been extended and has run into October which we, and our partners in the DPRK, expected to happen again this year. However it was not to be. Sorry for anyone who didn’t make it to the performance.

Arirang Festival mass games display in Pyongyang.

Arirang Festival mass games display in Pyongyang. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is not completely beyond possibility that an extension may be announced still though, this has happened before after all. If, by some miracle, the Arirang Mass Games are extended and new dates added we will of course let you know immediately

Next year, 2013, marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. This is seen in North Korea as a historic victory and we would expect it to be marked as such so there is a possibility that a new form of Mass Games will be staged to mark this event. This far we have no more news about this but as always we will keep everyone on our mailing list informed and up to date as soon as there is any information to be told. Koryo Tours as always will get you the best access to whatever special events are going on in North Korea when you make your trip and we look forward to seeing what they can come up with the replace the Arirang event. While this particular event seems to have run its course we do expect the Mass Games form to carry on and await whatever version comes next, watch this space!

Kind regards from all at Koryo Tours

DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.7

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 August 2012 edition here: DPRK Business Monthly Vol III, No.7

China-made machinery on display at the Second Rason International Trade Fair [Photo: AP]

Titles of articles found in this issue include:

  • Rason Holds 2nd International Trade Fair
  • Vatican Body Delivers Food Aid to NK
  • Pyongyang University Wants ROK Teachers
  • Rare Earths Bankroll North Korea’s Future
  • Kaesong Industrial Park’s Output Up 23%
  • Rason to Get International Trade Center
  • Special Supplement – Inside the Hermit Kingdom: IT and Outsourcing in North Korea

…plus a number of other items, including a selection of North Korean tours by various tour operators. Read the rest of this entry »

DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.6

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 August 2012 edition here: DPRK Business Monthly Vol III, No.6

Titles of articles found in this issue include:

  • Roadblock Removed—The Issue of NK Debt to Russia Settled
  • Breaking Down Barriers with Basketball
  • UN Hopes for N-S Teams for Universiade
  • Energy-short NK Promoting Wind Power
  • China Building Roads, Railways Near NK Border
  • ROK Kaesong Firms Start to Pay Taxes to NK

…plus a number of other items, including a selection of North Korean tours by various tour operators. Read the rest of this entry »

DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.5

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:

In Chiba in 1991 Hyun Jung-hwa of the ROK (right) and Li Bun Hui of the DPRK formed a

In Chiba in 1991 Hyun Jung-hwa of the ROK (right) and Li Bun Hui of the DPRK formed a joint Korean team. The pair won the female finals by defeating China.

  • 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

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