The 2016 North Korean Budget Report: 12 Observations

38 North, 2014

4 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2016

Date Written: April 11, 2014


On March 30, 2016, the 9th plenary meeting of the 13th Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK convened at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang. Such meetings are routine events taking place annually in the spring. A senior official, usually the Prime Minister or the Minister of Finance, reports on the state budget for the past and current years and announces the cornerstones of economic policy. Thus, while neither the plenum itself this year nor its timing was extraordinary, there were a few noteworthy features that justify taking a closer look at the typically sparse news about this event disseminated by the North’s state media.

Keywords: Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, Korea (North and/or South), North Korea (politics and society), North Korean Economy, North Korea, North Korean Studies

Suggested Citation

Frank, Ruediger, The 2016 North Korean Budget Report: 12 Observations (April 11, 2014). 38 North, 2014, Available at SSRN:

Ruediger Frank (Contact Author)

University of Vienna ( email )

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Vienna, Vienna 1090

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