North Korea’s Commerce Ministry recently approved plans for a North Korean-Chinese joint venture to build tile factories in Pyongyang and an area near the China-North Korea border.
With North Korea pushing modern housing construction across the country, including in Pyongyang, the move suggests the country intends to meet growing demand for high-quality tiles by establishing local production bases.
A source from Daily NK in Yanggang Province said on Tuesday that the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations had recently approved the plans for the joint venture, which had been in the works since February last year. As a result, construction of the factories in Pyongyang and the China-North Korea border areas of Yanggang Province is expected to start from May.
According to the source, North Korea had previously selected Rangrang and Pyongchon districts in Pyongyang as sites for the factories, while Kimjongsuk and Kimhyongjik counties in Yanggang province were chosen as candidate sites for the factories.
In Yanggang province, the provincial bureau of commerce investigated the areas where there is a lot of clay needed to make high-quality roof tiles. In the end, he chose Kimhyongjik County as the best location for a factory.
In fact, the source said that provincial commerce officials and operational-level officials in charge of plant construction visited Kimhyongjik County on April 18. The trip resulted in an agreement to start building a factory from early May in the village of Woltan-ri. .
As a result, North Korea will produce traditional Korean-style tiles and (Kiwa) tiles needed to build houses in new factories.
The source said the government has recently carried out construction projects across the country, including the construction of 10,000 houses in Pyongyang. But with construction delayed due to shortages of tiles and tiles, authorities are setting up jointly run factories to produce and distribute the necessary supplies nationwide.
The source said that if the North Korean side moved quickly to approve the trade certificate, or wakufor the joint venture and some construction sites, Chinese investors also need to conduct site visits and administrative matters at the operational level.
“We have to wait and see when these investment visits and discussions will take place given the COVID-19 situation,” he added.
Translated by David Black. Edited by Robert Lauler.
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