N. Korean gov't officials, corporate managers receiving capitalism training: report

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korean government officials and managers at state-run cooperations are receiving training on the latest trends in capitalism and practices, a media outlet report showed Thursday.

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), the Singapore-based Chosun Exchange has expanded courses it offers to North Koreans to encompass corporate social responsibility and business ethics, quantitative easing and the role of women entrepreneurs in the market.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) told the radio station that young participants at the learning sessions were quite enthusiastic about the materials being taught and interested in business practices in Western countries. The NGO has been set up to support long-term economic development in North Korea by offering training programs aimed at imparting economics and legal know-how to young North Korean professionals.

A source who took part in a course in August said the importance of a safe working environment, various labor laws and the basic attitude that corporate managers need to have toward employees were taught to North Koreans.

The Chosun Exchange, meanwhile, said that the social status and role of women in the communist country seems to be improving. It said a pregnant North Korean woman had attended an international managerial conference, which was not something that could be done in the past, the RFA claimed.

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