Seoul, Feb 9 – The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has asked in a plenary session of his country’s single party to improve the productivity of key sectors such as metallurgy or fertilizers at a time when that the Pyongyang regime seeks to implement a new five-year plan to overcome a major economic downturn.
The plenary sessions of the Central Committee of the only North Korean political formation are usually held at least once a year to discuss core policy and organizational issues.
During the congress, the leader himself admitted the difficulties his impoverished country is going through, hit this year by border closures motivated by the pandemic and several typhoons, and a new five-year economic plan was announced, of which no specific data has been disclosed. .
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, North Korea closed its borders in January 2020, which is making it difficult for foreign capital and goods to enter.
Comprehensive reviews of products arriving from China, a country from which North Korea obtains around 90% of its imports, have reduced exports by 99% from pre-pandemic levels, according to data Beijing Customs.
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