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KEI on the development of online market in North Korea

November 13, 2018

Speaking with Radio Free Asia, KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone responded to questions on the e-commerce training for North Koreans by the NGO Chosun Exchange. He underscored that the appearance of e-commerce industry is a natural outcome of the expanding consumer market inside North Korea – most prominently noticeable in the "online shopping mall" set up by the state-owned Pyongyang Number 1 Shopping Mall. However, Stangarone also caveated that further expansion of e-commerce will be challenged by the limited access that North Korean citizens have to the internet and the network's complete isolation from the world wide web. 

See the full article (in Korean) here.