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 »

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 »

Rare earths bankroll North Korea’s future, by Leonid Petrov

[CanKor Brain Trust member Leonid A Petrov PhD is a lecturer in Korean studies at the School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney. This article first appeared in Asia Times on 8 August 2012. –CanKor]

North Korea is sitting on around 200 different minerals, including a large number of rare earth metals, hidden in its mountains.

Those who travel to North Korea regularly might have noticed that the last couple of years have brought significant improvement in the country’s economic situation. Newly built high-rise apartments, modern cars on the roads and improved infrastructure come as a surprise to visitors. It begs the question, where does Pyongyang get the money from? The ambitious rocket and nuclear programs, which North Korea continues to pursue despite international condemnation, are expensive and harmful to its economy.
International sanctions continue to bite the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s foreign trade and investment prospects. Regular floods and droughts, animal epidemics and other natural disasters hit the fragile economy even harder.

According to expert estimations, the DPRK should have ceased to exist in the mid-1990s, after the Communist Bloc collapsed and Kim Il-Sung died. But North Korea has fully recovered after the famine and even shows steady signs of economic growth. 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 »

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