February 19, 2020

The Seventh Congress and the prospects for North Korea’s economy
Much rhetoric on economic change at landmark event, but little detail signifying change
The Seventh Congress of the Workers Party of Korea, the first in 36 years, had a heavy agenda as it officially appointed Kim Jong Un chairman of the WPK – just as his father was appointed at the Sixth Congress in 1980 – and expanded of the Political Bureau of Central Committee of the Party. It appears that the goal of the Congress was to institutionalize “Kim Jong Un-style of governing”