Investment Laws in the DPRK

In June, Choson Exchange took a fact-finding and training needs-mapping trip to Pyongyang.  The main impetus for the trip was to get a better understanding of the legal structure that the DPRK has in place to govern inbound foreign investment. We found a legal structure that draws heavily on  China's experiences. Our full findings are in this report. Key points include:

- Investment projects categorized into encouraged, permitted, restricted and prohibited categories.

- As in China, foreign enterprises require a local business vehicle to conduct FDI; the primary business vehicles available in the DPRK are limited liability corporate bodies and representative offices.

- The JVIC (Joint Venture and Investment Commission) and other government bodies (if applicable) will review the business scope, capitalization and other aspects of a proposed corporate body prior to incorporation.

- Investment in Rason will be particularly encouraged. According to JVIC, corporate bodies established in Rason can also apply to do business elsewhere in the DPRK.

- The operations and governance of DPRK corporate bodies are set out in law, including scope of activities, investment scale, limited liability, location, management, staffing and repatriation of profits.

- Domestic and Foreign arbitration is the primary mechanism for resolving commercial disputes between DPRK and foreign parties.

- Some ambiguities remain. Will laws be enforced uniformly and consistently?

Full report here.