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SPA Discusses Tasks of Cabinet, State Budget and Development of Science and Technology

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

    Pyongyang, April 11 (KCNA) -- The 4th session of the 11th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK was held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Tuesday. The session discussed the agenda items "1. On the Review of the Work of the DPRK Cabinet in Juche 94 (2005) and Its Tasks for Juche 95 (2006)", "2. On the Results of the Implementation of the State Budget of the DPRK for Juche 94 (2005) and Its State Budget for Juche 95 (2006)" and "3. On Stepping Up the Development of Science and Technology to Give Strong Impetus to the Building of a Great Prosperous Powerful Nation".
    Deputy to the SPA Pak Pong Ju, premier of the Cabinet, in his report on the first agenda item said that it is the main task to be tackled in the economic work this year to decisively increase the agricultural production for satisfactorily solving the food problem of the people, significantly boost the coal and metal production and bring about a leap forward in updating the overall national economy and reenergizing the production with a view to fully demonstrating the might of the socialist independent national economy.
    The Cabinet will pay deep attention to the improvement and development of the external economic work as required by the changed circumstances and realistic demand to consolidate the export bases in all fields of national economy, systematically increase the items of exports and their production, actively explore new foreign markets and make the foreign trade diversified and multilateral, he said, adding that it will positively conduct external economic cooperation including joint venture and collaboration with overseas Korean businessmen and enterprises of different countries on the principle of introducing advanced technology.
    Deputy to the SPA Ro Tu Chol, vice-premier of the Cabinet, in his report on the second agenda item said that the state budgetary revenue for this year is expected to increase 7.1 percent over last year while the total state budgetary expenditure 3.5 percent over last year.
    15.9 percent of the total state budgetary expenditure for this year will be allocated as defence spending to bolster up the People's Army, the core of the self-defensive national defence power and the vanguard of the Songun revolution, develop the defence industry and thoroughly implement the policy of the Workers' Party of Korea for putting all the people under arms and turning the whole country into a fortress, he emphasized. Deputy to the SPA Choe Thae Bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, in his report on the third agenda item underscored the need to thoroughly implement the present five-year plan for the development of science and technology as an immediate task and work out well the next-term five-year plan for the development of science and technology ending in Juche 101 (2012), the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung, and make thorough-going preparations for its implementation. He also called for setting out the strategy for scientific and technological development ending in Juche 111 (2022) to put the DPRK on the position of a scientific and technological power without fail.
    What is important for the field of science and technology at present is to lay a firm foundation for the latest science and technology and ultra-modern industry, solve the urgent economic issues including the food and energy problems on a preferential basis and energetically speed up the updating of the key industrial domains in the direction of strengthening the Juche character of the national economy, he noted. He underlined the need to have bold and wide-ranging scientific and technological exchange and cooperation with other countries, actively organize joint researches with their scientific research institutions and boost the creative cooperation with overseas Korean scientists and technicians.

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