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Pak Pong Ju Visits Ryugyo’ng Pickle Factory and Industrial Sites in Hamhu’ng

DPRK Premier and WPK Political Bureau Presidium Member Pak Pong Ju [a] and State Planning Commission and WPK Political Bureau Member Ro Tu Chol [b] tours the February 8 Vinalon Complex in Hamhu'ng, South Hamgyo'ng Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK Premier and WPK Political Bureau Presidium Member Pak Pong Ju [a] and State Planning Commission and WPK Political Bureau Member Ro Tu Chol [b] tours the February 8 Vinalon Complex in Hamhu’ng, South Hamgyo’ng Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on June 19 (Sunday) that Premier Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) visited the Ryugyo’ng Pickle Factory and the industrial locales in Hamhu’ng, South Hamgyo’ng Province.  Pak’s first inspection occurred at the Ryugyo’ng Pickle and Kimchi Factory in suburban Pyongyang.

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju visits the Ryugyo'ng Pickle Factory in suburban Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju visits the Ryugyo’ng Pickle Factory in suburban Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK Premier and WPK Political Bureau Presidium Member Pak Pong Ju [a] and State Planning Commission and WPK Political Bureau Member Ro Tu Chol [b] tours the February 8 Vinalon Complex in Hamhu'ng, South Hamgyo'ng Province (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju tours the Hu’ngnam Fertilizer Complex (Photo:KCNA).

Pak visited the February 8 Vinalon Complex, the Hu’ngnam Fertilizer Complex, the Ryongso’ng Machine Complex and the Hu’ngnam Terminal Factory.  He held consultative meeting with factory managers and functionaries, as well officials of relevant people’s committees in the area.  The meetings called for “glorifying the leadership exploits performed by the peerlessly great men for those units by increasing the output of fertilizer for the manuring year, custom-built equipment, various chemical products and by overfulfilling the first year national economic plan of the five-year strategy for the state economic development in every index with indigenous efforts, technology and resources.”  The meetings also discussed “meausres to meticulously organize the technical management of equipment, fully support raw and other materials and increase the proportion of locally available raw and other materials in expanding the production capacity and overhauling equipment.”

(Photo: KCNA).

(Photo: KCNA).

Note

The June 19 KCNA item on Pak Pong Ju’s recent inspection tour provided some clarity as to the Five Year Economic Strategy for State Economic Development, publicized during the 7th Party Congress.  The central plan for the DPRK domestic economic will be annual (“first year national economic plan”) as part of a five year master plan.  It remains the first multi-year economic strategic plan publicly endorsed by the supreme leadership since the late 1980s, it is just that the implementation is more flexible than the X-year economic plans the DPRK promulgated from the 1950s to the 1980s.

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