First bonded processing area to be set up

From the Pyongyang Times (2014-9-20) No. 38 (2813), p4:

The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly issued a decree establishing Jindo export processing area in Nampho on July 23.

The second SEZ in Nampho after the Waudo export processing area which was set up last year, the Jindo export processing area will be the first bonded processing trade hub among the 24 special economic zones built in the country.

Part of Ryongnam-ri in Waudo-District sitting on both sides of the road leading to the West Sea Barrage from the lower reaches of the Taedong River in southwest Nampho, it covers an area of 1.8 sq kilometers and has very favorable conditions of infrastructure.

It is also near Nampho Port, trade port directly leading to China and southeast Asia, and Pyongyang and Nampho cities boasting machine-building , electronic and light industries. It will provide the region with every potential for industrial growth and enough manpower.

The area is aimed at bringing in raw materials duty free and producing light industrial and chemical goods for export.

To this end, it plans to build a bonded processing trade area that encourages processing export by allowing businesses to be built on the principle of environmental protection and energy saving and promoting technology transfer and introducing new products and industrial sectors from other countries.

According to the first-stage development plan, the area will cover 180 hectares, which will be divided into 10 sections of electric and electronic appliances , leather, shoes and other light industrial goods, machine and metal products, chemical, rubber and plastic goods, fibre and clothes-making, bonded warehouses and and exhibitions, management and service, power station and reserve area.

Premiums and privileges will be offered to investors in the area according to the law on economic development zones and its enforcement rules and regulations.

The master plan of the processing area is now under examination and investors are making field surveys.

By Cha Chol

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