Who’s writing the rules of the North Korean economy?
A newly-obtained document detailing 2014 economic reforms reveals the government’s role in economic regulation
In any economic system, rules are important. But in a country like North Korea, the government has an unusually large role in the economy.
For that reason, it’s no doubt useful to know who writes the rules shaping the DPRK’s economy, as well as the role that different government agencies play in the process of economic management.
Now, a newly obtained document details key regulations Kim Jong Un made during sweeping reforms in 2014 — reforms that likely have a huge impact today, some six years later.
Here are a few key takeaways
- 01Timeline: From Washington’s foreign policy moves to South Korea’s leaky border
- 02North Korea’s economy is in a state of catastrophe, but the issue is decades-old
- 03Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council
- 04Japan’s back in the North Korea game, but it faces nearly impossible challenges
- 05Open for business? North Korea can learn a lot from Cuba’s economic reforms
- 06North Korea is fighting to take back control of its economy from the markets
- 07Kim Yo Jong found her own voice, but she’s far from taking North Korea’s throne
- 08North Korea’s tumbling economy hasn’t stopped Kim Jong Un from making more nukes
- 09Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership
- 10Now you see me, now you don’t: North Korea replicates South Korean camo designs