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Friday, Feb 24: Prospects for Rason Special Economic Zone (Washington, DC)

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When Feb 24, 2012
from 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Where 1800 K Street NW, Suite 1010
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Please join KEI in its second Academic Paper Series seminar of 2012, where Andray Abrahamian, Executive Director of Choson Exchange, will discuss his analysis of the new developments in Rason and prospects for economic reform through this SEZ under the new leadership of Kim Jong-un.

Policies toward Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are often used as evidence of North Korea’s efforts to reform economically. Kim Jong-il’s trips to China and Russia along with China’s increasing interest in developing its northeastern provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang have put renewed focus on the Rason SEZ. A new road and new investment laws provide some hope that positive changes are occurring, but a history of economic policy relapses, big questions over the profitability of the SEZ, and the capability of reforms taking hold North Korea make the prospect for the Rason SEZ’s success uncertain.

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Dates of interest, July/August 2014

July 3-4: Chinese President Xi Jinping makes state visit to South Korea

July 8: Anniversary of the Death of Kim Il-sung (DPRK National Holiday)

July 27: Anniversary of Korean War Armistice Signing (DPRK National Holiday)

August 3-8: ASEAN Regional Forum, Naypyitaw, Burma

August 15: Liberation Day (DPRK National Holiday)

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