Delegation to Investigate Global Financial Institutions

Emerging From Conflict Meeting
February 27-March 3, 2001
Washington, DC

Meeting Description

A delegation of five officials from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)—representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Trade, and the Bank of Foreign Trade—visited Washington, DC, February 27-March 3, 2001, to participate in a private seminar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University. The seminar topic was focused on international financial organizations.

The delegation made brief visits to the International Monetary Fund, the International Finance Corporation, and the World Bank. They also toured Capitol Hill and northern Virginia.

Planning for the seminar began two years ago. Dr. Young C. Kim, director of the American Research Center for Asia and the Pacific, and Dr. Sherry Gray, of the Stanley Foundation, cohosted the seminar. Dr. C. Kenneth Quinones coordinated the program with the assistance of Mercy Corps International's Washington, DC, office.

The purpose of this activity was to increase understanding and develop contacts between DPRK officials responsible for economic policy and for international financial and economic organizations, with the goal of assisting the DPRK in choosing a peaceful foreign policy strategy emphasizing economic cooperation and interaction.