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Rodong Sinmun on Informationalization of National Economy

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, March 11 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today dedicates a signed article to the 5th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il's historic work "The 21st Century, the New Century, Is the IT Age." The work, published on March 11, Juche 90 (2001), clarifies the nature and characteristics of the present times, the era of IT, the role of IT in making social and economic progress and the tasks and ways of developing the information industry of the country.
    The work is the most right guidelines that help correctly assess the present times when IT is rapidly developing and raising many diversified and complicated problems and a monumental work which has remarkably developed and enriched the theory on the revolutionary struggle of the popular masses for independence, the article says, and goes on:
    The ideological and theoretical significance of the work lies in the fact that it clearly indicates the characteristics of the social and economic development of the present times and the law governing it. And its theoretical and practical significance lies in that it provides the methodological guidelines proving the nature of exploitation by capital at present, the inevitability of the ruin of capitalism and the advantages of Korean-style socialism in the development of science and technology and clearly indicates the shortcut to developing the information industry of the country rapidly. We should direct big efforts to developing the program industry extensively and building up our own producers of IT equipment, modernize telecommunications and strengthen information service so as to step up the informationalization of the national economy as required by the developing reality.
    The DPRK has long laid the solid foundations for the development of IT according to the correct policy of the Workers' Party of Korea on science and technology. It has pushed ahead with the education work to train the reserves of scientists and technicians.
    A new leap forward will be made in the production, management, social life and all other spheres when all the officials, bearing in mind their heavy responsibility in the informationalization and modernization of the national economy, firmly arm themselves with the knowledge of up-to-date science and technology and assiduously strive to actively introduce IT.

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