Kaesong Industrial Complex Reopens

Work is to resume on Monday in the factories of the Kaesong Industrial Complex for the first time since North Korea closed the border to personnel and goods from the South. Around 50 to 60 percent of the 123 South Korean companies there are restarting their machinery, a government official here said on Sunday.

Some 1,000 North Korean workers are expected to report to work as well.

A new cross-border committee overseeing the industrial park hammered out the details in a marathon meeting last Tuesday and Wednesday. The two sides agreed to ease restrictions on travel, communications and customs and try to attract foreign capital.

Soon after a team of South Korean workers went to Kaesong to inspect water supply facilities, power lines and other infrastructure to prepare for the resumption of operations.

Power supply was boosted from the previous 20,000 kW to 100,000 kW. A total of 820 South Korean workers will enter the complex on Monday, and 443 will stay there.

By October around 80 percent of the businesses there will have resumed operations, a government official here said. "Textile manufacturers and sewing factories are expected to resume operations soon, but it will take more time for production in machinery and electronics factories to resume because they need more tests of their manufacturing equipment and get in more orders."

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 16, 2013 11:01 KST