2017 Wonsan-Mt. Kumgang Seminar on Investment & 13th Pyongyang International Fall Trade Fair*

September 22nd to 26th 2017

5 Days / 4 Nights

Optional 2-Day Extension: September 22nd to 28th | 7 Days / 6 Nights

Beijing | Pyongyang | Wonsan | Mt. Kumgang | Kalma Airport | Pyongsong City | Pyongyang Trade Fair | Beijing

* NOTE: This is a special academic and business focused visit involving meetings and workshops with DPR Korean government officials and stakeholders which is only possible on official visas. This is NOT a tour or handled by a tour company on tourist visas which are limited in where and who they can meet and have stricter restrictions on activities and interactions. That being said, this is an open event and all applications are welcome. 

Overview

This is a comprehensive trade and investment-focused visit exploring North Korea’s current economic situation, investment and trade opportunities in Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea, and the Wonsan-Mt. Kumgang Special Economic Zone (SEZ) located on the East Coast. This exclusive Paektu Cultural Exchange visit includes factory visits, meetings, interactive workshops, a business to business matchmaking session, lectures and discussions with DPR Korean government officials and stakeholders. We will attend the opening ceremonies of the 13th Annual 2017 Pyongyang International (Fall) Trade Fair and meet with entrepreneurs who will showcase their “Made in DPRK” products and services. This visit is in cooperation with the Ministry of External Economic Affairs the Wonsan Development Corporation and Paektu Cultural Exchange.

Pre-Departure (in Beijing Thursday, September 21st)

  Trade mission overview & pre-departure briefing in Beijing
 Attend DPRK Trade and Investment Forum – including expert trade, investment & risk management speakers & Q&A | Welcome dinner

Investment and Business Highlights

  Attend the 13th 2017 Pyongyang Fall International Trade Fair
  Participate in the 2017 Seminar on Investment in the Wonsan-Kumgangsan Zone
  Conduct guided site inspections of investment projects at Wonsan’s Kalma International Airport
  Network with local DPRK businesses leaders and government agencies
  Learn about investment opportunities in Pyongyang and the Wonsan-Mt. Kumgang Zone
  Attend the DPRK Special Economic Zones and prospects on investment and trade seminar
  Attend a presentation on specific development and investment projects in the Wonsan-Mt. Kumgang Zone with Q&A
  Participate in workshops and business to business matchmaking sessions on proposed investment projects
  Network with foreign businessmen planning to or already doing business in North Korea


Other Highlights

Participate in the Wonsan Mass Dance event with local university students
  Enjoy an evening of fireworks and festivities across the Wonsan Harbor
  Enjoy a special performance from the Kangwon Province Art Troupe
  Take part in a DPRK beer exhibition and sample the country’s top beers
  Visit top culinary restaurants in Pyongyang and Wonsan
✪  Attend the Wonsan Air Festival (an additional fee will apply; please contact us for more details)

About the Pyongyang Fall International Trade Fair

A large variety of new products and technologies are expected to be revealed at the exhibition, including new machinery and developments in IT, electronics, metalwork, electricity, mining, construction, farming and food processing.

The Pyongyang International Trade Fair was first held in 1989 to establish friendly economic relations with foreign countries, as well as to promote the exchange of goods and technology. Subsequently, the DPRK opened the fair to all in order to break into new international markets and attract foreign investment. The second International Trade Fair was held three years later in 1992 and has been held annually since the year 2000.

The host of the exhibition, the Korean International Exhibition Corporation, oversees the introduction of new companies and products, offers consultation on trade, commerce, investments and joint-venture policies.

Matchmaking & Business to Business (B2B) Introductions

Based on your individual or company profile, we can request private and 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 unique and specific requests.

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.

A view of the Kumgangsan Tourism area including hotels restaurants and other facilities, Kumgangsan, DPRK.


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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Itinerary

Pre-trip  Thursday, September 21st 

  Trade mission overview & pre-departure briefing in Beijing
  Trade and Investment Forum – including expert trade, investment & risk management speakers & Q & A | Welcome dinner

Note: Hotel and meals are only covered in the DPRK, NOT in Beijing on Friday, Thursday, September 21st or upon return. Contact us and we can book or recommend a suitable & convenient hotel for you in Beijing.

Day 1 Friday, September 22nd 

  Meet at airport or take provided shuttle
  Beijing (PEK, Capital Airport 2) to Pyongyang (FNJ) | DEP: 12:00pm – ARR: 2:30pm | Air Koryo JS152
  Transfer to domestic flight from Pyongyang (FNJ) to Wonsan Kalma (KLR) | DEP: 3:30pm-4:30pm | Charter Flight
  Drive to Mt. Kumgang | Reception Dinner | Evening Networking Event | Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel

Day 2 Saturday, September 23rd 

  Opening seminars & presentations | Ceremonial tree planting | Investment meetings
  Return drive to Wonsan
  DPRK beer exhibition and sample the country’s top brews
  Special performance from the Kangwon Province Art Troupe
  Evening of fireworks and festivities across the Wonsan Harbor | Overnight: Wonsan Hotel
  Option: Guests can opt out of some of the sessions and attend the Wonsan Air Festival (additional fees apply: contact us for more details)

Day 3 Sunday, September 24th 

   Site inspections of current investment projects in Wonsan (Wonsan department store, Furniture factory, completed Infrastructure etc.)
   Business to business matchmaking sessions and in-depth Seminars
  Option: Guests can opt out of some of the sessions and attend the Wonsan Air Festival (additional fees apply: contact us for more detail)
   Evening reception  |  Overnight: Wonsan Hotel

Day 4 Monday, September 25th 

✪  Pyongyang (FNJ) to Wonsan Kalma (KLR) | DEP: 7:30pm-8:30pm | Charter Flight
  Attend Opening Ceremonies of the 13th Annual 2017 Pyongyang Fall International Trade Fair (PSTF)
  Visit booths and speak to entrepreneurs and business people at the PSTF
  Attend investment and trade meeting
  Evening reception | Overnight: Koryo Hotel or Potonggang Hotel

Day 5 Tuesday, September 26th 

  Breakfast farewell to Regular Program attendees (Extended Program see below)
  Pyongyang (FNJ) to Beijing (PEK, Capital Airport 2)  | DEP: 9:00am –  ARR: 10:00am | Air Koryo JS151
  Wrap-up lunch and farewell (Near Beijing Airport)
  End of Regular Program

Extended Program

Day 5 – Tuesday, September 26th 

  Breakfast farewell to Regular Program attendees
  Visit 13th Annual 2017 Pyongyang Fall International Trade Fair (PSTF) & face-to-face meetings and Q&A with selected DPRK wholesalers and retail businesses
  Site inspections of current investment projects in Pyongyang (silk factory, textile factory, consumer goods factory and bag factory)
  City sight seeing with officials in Pyongyang
  Overnight: Koryo Hotel or Potonggang Hotel

Day 6 – Wednesday, September 27th

   Drive to Pyongsong City
  Meet Pyongsong City officials
   Site inspections of current investment projects in Pyongsong City
   Site seeing with officials in Pyongsong City
   Closing banquet and farewell reception
   Overnight: Koryo Hotel or Potonggang Hotel

Day 7 – Thursday, September 28th

✪  Pyongyang (FNJ) to Beijing (PEK, Capital Airport 2)  | DEP: 10:05am –  ARR: 11:35am | Air Koryo JS251
  Wrap-up Lunch and Farewell (Location near Beijing Airport)
  Optional Train out
  End of Extended Program


For more information on this delegation and/or other business opportunities, please contact: contact@PaektuCulturalExchange.org | Phone: +86 186-4332-4455

This delegation is being organized by Paektu Cultural Exchange (PCE)


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Disclaimer: This itinerary is tentative and subject to some changes. It is quite normal and expected for small changes on any delegation to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do our best to accommodate within our abilities. In the event of itinerary changes, PCE will arrange relevant alternative activities.  All payments are subject to PCE terms and conditions.

Costs 

TBA. Costs are being currently negotiated with our DPR Korean partners.

Deposit: 415 Euro to reserve your place

Deadline: Apply before September 3rd, 2017 (Americans & Japanese before August 26th, 2017)


Included

  All meals (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners including water and beer)
  Return International Flights: Beijing, China -> Pyongyang, DPRK -> Beijing, China
  Return Domestic Flights: Pyongyang, DPRK -> Wonsan Kalma, DPRK-> Pyongyang, DPRK
  5-7 nights hotel in the DPRK (double occupancy)
  All ground transportation in the DPRK
  PCE’s Trade and Investment booklet & recommended reading list
  Smiles, jokes, anecdotes, some basic DPR Korean language skills and some fun and interesting stories to go along with each day’s activities

Not Included

  Official DPRK visa fee (50-80 Euro depending on nationality) – Please note: this is NOT a tourist visa
  Chinese double-entry visa (required) – Please Note: for more information, contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. Some nationalities (e.g. Americans, Canadians, etc.) may qualify for the Free Beijing 72-hour Visa when flying in and out of Pyongyang.
 
Additional snacks, liquor, and alcohol (e.g. ~1–3 Euro per beer)
  Souvenirs, personal expenses, and other amenities
  Gifts and tips for Korean officials, staff, and drivers

Note: American passport holders cannot take the train out and therefore must fly out.  Guests can take the train out from Pyongyang to Beijing, please contact us for more information. 

Upgrades and Options

  Flight (First Class) from Pyongyang to Beijing: Add +250 Euro
 
Single room supplement fee (if you would like your own single room) Add +50 Euro per night
  Room upgrades available for additional charges (Deluxe, Suite or Presidential Suite etc.)


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Disclaimer: This itinerary is tentative and subject to some changes. It is quite normal and expected for small changes on any delegation to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do our best to accommodate within our abilities. In the event of itinerary changes, PCE will arrange relevant alternative activities.  All payments are subject to PCE terms and conditions.

 

Special Lecturer

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Andrei Nikolaevich Lankov (Андрей Николаевич Ланьков)

Professor Andrei Lankov
Kookmin University

Andrei Nikolaevich Lankov (Андрей Николаевич Ланьков) is a Russian scholar of Asia and a specialist in Korean studies. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Leningrad State University in 1986 and 1989, respectively; He also attended Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung University in 1985. Following his graduate studies, he taught Korean history and language at his alma mater, and in 1992 went to South Korea for work; he moved to Australia in 1996 to take up a post at the Australian National University, and moved back to Seoul to teach at Kookmin University in 2004. Dr. Lankov has a DPRK-themed Livejournal blog in Russian with occasional English posts, where he documents aspects of life in North (and South) Korea, together with his musings and links to his publications. He also writes columns for the English-language daily The Korea Times and Al Jazeera English. Dr. Lankov has published numerous books in Russian and English including most recently The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia. Oxford University Press.


Special Lecturer

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Dr. Andray Abrahamian

Dr. Andray Abrahamian
Choson Exchange

Andray became interested in Korean issues following a trip to the DMZ in 2003. This inspired an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex, and subsequently a PhD focusing on Western media and images of North Korea. Andray taught international relations at the University of Ulsan. He has offered commentary and published academic and op-ed articles on North Korea. Andray speaks Korean. He is an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University and a member of the National Committee on North Korea. Andray is currently the Director of Research at Choson Exchange.


Interpreter and DPRK Business Advisor

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Guide & Cultural Interpreter
Paektu Cultural Exchange Director

Michael has spent over 18 years living, working and studying in both North and South Korea and is fluent in the DPRK dialect. He first visited the DPRK in 2001 then in 2005; he became the managing director of a Canadian NGO operating in Pyongyang.

He also has extensive experience in South Korea working for government tourism organizations, but in the past decade, he has focused on organizing and facilitating trade, investment, cultural, academic, and specialized delegations to the DPRK. Michael has strong professional and personal relationships with the country’s leadership, and across different ministries and departments throughout the entire country.

He organized the Dennis Rodman 2013 and 2014 visits, the basketball match between the DPRK and former NBA players as well as cultural heritage restoration projects with the Dutch Prince Claus Fund.

Michael studied International Relations focusing on the Korean Peninsula and East Asian Studies in Canada then went on to study International Trade and Political Science in Korean.


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Disclaimer: This itinerary is tentative and subject to some changes. It is quite normal and expected for small changes on any delegation to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do our best to accommodate within our abilities. In the event of itinerary changes, PCE will arrange relevant alternative activities.  All payments are subject to our terms and conditions.

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