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The Kaesong North-South Korean industrial complex

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  • The Kaesong North-South Korean industrial complex
  • Manyin, Mark E.; Nanto, Dick K.
  • Congressional Research Service


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Title The Kaesong North-South Korean industrial complex
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Author(English)

Manyin, Mark E.; Nanto, Dick K.

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[Washington, D.C.]:Congressional Research Service

Date 2011-04
Series Title; No CRS Report for Congress
Pages 28
Subject Country North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Trade
Industry and Technology < General
Holding Congressional Research Service

Abstract

This purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the role, purposes, and results of the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) and examine U.S. interests, policy issues, options, and legislation. The KIC is a six-year-old industrial park located in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) just across the demilitarized zone from South Korea. As of the end of 2010, over 120 medium-sized South Korean companies were employing over 47,000 North Korean workers to manufacture products in Kaesong. The facility, which in 2010 produced $323 million in output, has the land and infrastructure to house two to three times as many firms and workers. Products vary widely, and include clothing and textiles (71 firms), kitchen utensils (4 firms), auto parts (4 firms), semiconductor parts (2 firms), and toner cartridges (1 firm). (The rest omitted)