As North Korea works to turn its five-year economic development plan into reality, the official newspaper of the country emphasized the importance of paying respect to the officials involved in the economic sector.
“We must respect economic officials in the administration and establish an orderly administrative system … so that administrative orders can be delivered down and accurately implemented without hesitation,” the official organ of the ruling Workers’ Party, Rodong Sinmun, wrote in an editorial.
“The performance of this year’s goals depends heavily on how economic officials organize and carry out their work,” it furthered.
Rodong Sinmun also rallied party officials to fulfil the responsibility of a “rudder” in economic projects, as it also encouraged them to endeavour to “possess expertise” in the fields of economics and technology.
Since the latest party congress, the state media of the country has emphasized the Cabinet’s main role in reaching the economic targets of the country.
North Korea’s previous economic development plan ended up a failure, which the North Korean leader admitted during the ruling Workers’ Party congress last month, where he also unveiled a new scheme which centers on self-dependence. The economy of the country is also faced with challenges that are brought by international sanctions, the COVID-19 pandemic, and natural disasters.
Also during the congress, the leader has emphasized the role of the Cabinet as the “economy command of the country,” and labeled it as the major force to lead “a new avenue for socialist construction.”
While the country seemed to bank on its new five-year economic development plan, Kim has blamed his officials for the failure of the previous one.
In a session last February 11, Kim slammed the Cabinet for its failure to become the important institution in running the economy.
He said the Cabinet is coming up with impracticable plans as it shows no “innovative viewpoint and clear tactics.”
With the new plan, he said that the Cabinet has set unfeasible targets as it is high enough as compared to the constraints of farming materials and unpleasant situations the country is facing.
For electricity production, the leader said the Cabinet has set it for too low. He also suspects the Cabinet to display insufficient urgency when shortages can cause delays in industries and coal mines.
“The Cabinet failed to play a leading role in mapping out plans of key economic fields and almost mechanically brought together the numbers drafted by the ministries,” Kim said, as quoted by the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).