Exploring the Rason SEZ’s International Trade Exhibition, Investment Opportunities & Economic Environment 

August 4-9, 2017

6 Days / 5 Nights

Yanji | Quenhe/Wonjong | Rajin | Songbong | Pipha Island | Hunchon | Yanji

*Note: This is NOT a tour or handled by a tour company restricted by regular limitations. This is an official delegation visit that includes unique interactions with DPR Korean business people and special access to investment and trade related events as well as onsite visits.

Update: Attend the “2017 Rason Seaside (Haean) Beer Festival” –  July 20th to August 20th 2017

The inaugural “2017 Rason Seaside (Haean) Beer Festival” will take place from July 20th to August 20th, 2017 in the Rason Special Economic Zone (SEZ), located in the Northeast corner of North Korea bordering both Russia, China and the East Sea of Korea.

The event is a unique opportunity where local citizens and foreign guests are encouraged to together drink beer and spirits while sampling local delicacies and fresh local seafood.  The festival will feature “Haean Maekju”, the locally produced Czech Pilsner beer, as well as other international & domestic and locally made beers. Guests can also attend traditional and modern music, dance and art performances which will take place throughout this period.

The beer festival is organized by the Rason Government and the local tourism organization and is designed to encourage and attract tourism to the region while showcasing the Special Economic Zone’s newly completed city-wide restoration and infrastructure improvement projects, which have been recently completed.


This trade and investment development mission led by Michael Spavor explores the current economic environment and various business opportunities in NE China and the Rason Special Economic Zone in the DPRK. We will observe and participate in the 8th annual 2017 Rason International Trade Exhibition (RITE) located in the city of Rajin. During this delegation we will meet with foreign experts, DPR Korean, Chinese and Chinese-Korean businesspeople, government officials, and attend seminars and meetings while experiencing this region’s unique character and charm. We will also enjoy some of the local Chinese, Chinese-Korean and DPR Korean unique cultural features and culinary specialties and learn more about the economics, politics, and history of this diverse region of the world located in what has been called the Tumen Triangle.

About the Rason International Trade Exhibition (RITE)

The Rason International Trade Exhibition is organized by the Rason Exhibition Corporation and has been held every year since 2011. At the exhibition,  a variety of goods, technologies, marketing, investment and trade opportunities will be displayed. Additionally, there will be company information sessions, meetings, and presentations, alongside company and factory visits.

This is a rare opportunity for businesses interested in entering the DPRK market to sell and test products at sales booths during the trade fair. Additionally, this is an excellent opportunity to network with well-established DPR Korean entrepreneurs and businessmen and develop an in-depth understanding of the current emerging markets and joint venture projects.

The RITE publishes exhibitor’s profiles, contact details and other useful information for participants. Prepare for a first-hand look at Made in DPRK products and services including garment manufacturing, seafood processing, light industry, medicine, and agriculture.

For those businesses interested in setting up a booth at the exhibition this can be arranged for an additional fee, please contact PCE for more information.


Based on your individual or company profile, we can request specialized meetings concerning specific investment and trade projects. Please advise us as early as possible and PCE will do it’s very best to accommodate your interests.

PCE utilizes its high-level contacts with government officials and more than 20 years of relationships (Kr:관계, Cn:关系) to organize unique meetings and activities that would otherwise not be possible.

Figure 1. Participants at the Opening Ceremonies of the Rason International Trade Exhibition 2015, Rason Exhibition House (Aug. 2015)

Social Responsibility

Paektu Cultural Exchange is a social enterprise dedicated to promoting ethical business with a focus on social impact. A significant portion of the delegation fees will support Paektu Cultural Exchange’s Project Samjiyon, providing school supplies and language learning materials to less accessible rural elementary schools in northern Kanggye and Chagang provinces. This is a joint project between Paektu Cultural Exchange and ministry-level DPRK government partners. All donated materials are strictly designed to benefit primary school children and their educators.


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