DPRK state media reported on 9 January (Wednesday) that the 7th DPRK-China Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee in Economics, Trade, Science and Technology was held in Pyongyang. The DPRK’s leading representative at the meeting was Vice Minister of Foreign Trade Ku Pon Tae (Ku Pon-t’ae) and at the head of China’s delegation was PRC Vice Minister of Commerce Li Jinzao. Also in attendance was PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai. According to KCNA, “meeting reviewed successes and experience gained in expanding and developing economy and trade between the two countries in the past period and discussed boosting the bilateral cooperation in the future.”
Agreements on economic and technology cooperation between the DPRK and China and on the construction of administrative office buildings in the Raso’n (Rajin-So’nbong) and Hwanggu’mp’yo’ng special economic trade zones was signed between the two countries at a subsequent ceremony. Attending the signing ceremony from the DPRK were Ku Pon Tae, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Vice Chairman of the Commission for Joint Venture and Investment Ri Sok Chol and other DPRK foreign trade officials. Attending the ceremony from the PRC were PRC Vice Minister of Commerce Li Jinzao, at the head of a PRC foreign trade delegation, Ambassador Liu Hongcai and PRC embassy officials. Ri Sok Chol and Ku Pon Tae signed the agreements on behalf of the DPRK and Li Jinzao signed on behalf of China.