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North Korea Needs to Set ­p Practical It Training and Certification Systems

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Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea


Inter-Korean private-level cooperation in the IT sector had been very brisk, but it has significantly slowed down owing to political issues. In particular, inter-Korean exchanges in the IT sector, which is deemed the least political, are believed to have bigger secondary effects than those in any other sector.

North Korea is well aware that the IT industry would take center stage in its endeavor to build a strong, prosperous nation. The North believes that resource-hungry nations can stand on their own with the help of high value-added IT industries.

The promotion of the IT industry can be done in a way that could minimize the extent of market opening, so it is indeed a suitable industry for the North to build. In addition, the North recognizes that computers are indispensable to the North surviving in an era of knowledge and information and are a must in achieving economic growth.

From Korea IT Times
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