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  HSS Project on modern agriculture in Rason
Meeting with the vice-chairman of
the People´s Committee of Rason Special City

The Hanns-Seidel-Foundation went to the Rason Special Economic Zone with a five-person delegation from May 10-12 2010. Along talks with the “special city’s” committee vice chairman, the central organ of the special economic zone, there were opportunities to visit the port of Rajin, the Daehung Trading Company as well as two local farms.

The members of the delegation to Rason in May were Mr. Willi Lange, head of the North-East Asia division at the HSS central office in Munich, Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Mrs. Sarah Kohls of HSS Korea together with Mr. Simon Numberger, representative of the HSS School of Agriculture in Pingdu in China. Furthermore, Mr. Frank Robaschik accompanied the delegation. Mr. Robaschik is a representative and correspondent for Germany Trade & Invest and writes reports about the economic situation on the Korean peninsula.

In this respect, it is of much interest that the status of the special economic zone Rason has been promoted to “special city” at the beginning of last year. The city people’s committee vice chairman, Mr. Chae Song Hak illustrated that now his committee is eligible to judge on all economic decisions within the Special Economic Zone. He explained that they became more independent of the central government in Pyongyang and could make decisions for future investors also without prior consultation.

The Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea wants to start a project on modern organic agriculture in Rason. For this, partnerships with two farms were drawn. The Ungsang Farm is a cooperative farm and the Rason Pig Farm is under supervision of the central committee. A first delegation of Rason shall visit the HSS School of Agriculture in Pingdu, China, in September this year.

Another item on the agenda was a visit to the Rason Daehung Trading Company, which was visited by the head of state Kim Jong Il in Dezember 2009. It is the biggest, purely Korean commercial enterprise in the zone and alongside maritime products for Japan, China and Australia, it also exports the regional famous pine-mushroom liquor mainly to South-East Asia.

The port of Rajin was visited on the last day. The manager of the port, Mr. Kim Shun Il, led the delegation through the port, which has been built in 1937. For now, there are only three piers available, but there are plans to expand the port to twelve piers. The port is 9.5 meters deep and offers a capacity of 3 mio. tons, from which it could only enact 200,000 tons in 2009.The cranes at hand can lift loads of 5, 10 and 30 tons. China is generally said to have rented a storage depot for its charcoal merchant trade on pier 1, but not the pier itself. On the contrary, Russia leased the entire pier 3 for 50 years in 2008. However there is not much commotion, yet.



Mr. Numberger explaines the agriculture school
in Pingdu to members of Ungsan-Farm
Visit of Rason Pigfarm


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