Operations running smoothly at Gaeseong Industrial Complex on 2nd day of resumption
Over 3-hundred South Korean personnel streamed across the border to work on Tuesday to start their second day back at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
South Korea's Unification Ministry says that, out of the 1-hundred-23 South Korean firms with facilities at Gaeseong, 90 returned to work on Monday and over 32-thousand North Korean workers returned to their positions.
The North Koreans seemed pleased to be back at work.
"Since the North Koreans were unemployed over the last few months there seems to be an extra desire to work hard, but apart from that, the atmosphere doesn't seem that different from last time."
"Most importantly, there has been a change in attitude from the North. I believe the complex will become the backbone for enhancing inter-Korean economic cooperation in the future."
Finishing last-minute preparations on Monday morning, companies fired up their machines in the afternoon.
The South Korean workers noted some of the positive changes that have been implemented to make their lives a little more convenient.
South Korean personnel are now able to go in and out of the factory park up to 21 times a day.
Before they only had limited access at a designated time.
In addition to the reopening, the two Koreas held their third joint committee meeting Monday where they agreed to hold an investors' relations fair on October 31st at the factory park.
They'll attempt to attract foreign investment and develop the complex into a globally competitive production hub.
Other issues that were discussed included the implementation of an radio-frequency identification system to speed up vehicle passage across the border. as well as measures to better ensure the safety of South Korean workers at Gaeseong.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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