SEOUL – Technicians have entered North Korea to set up wireless data transfer systems that can facilitate the movement of people and materials to and from the inter-Korean factory park in Kaesong, the government said Monday.
The six-member team crossed over the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two countries earlier in the day and are checking sites that can be used to set up the radio frequency identification tag (RFID) system.
The visit comes after Seoul and Pyongyang agreed on Friday to start work on RFID systems in the first week of December. The headway was made at the transit and communication sub-panel of the joint management committee. The committee effectively runs the Kaesong Industrial Complex.
A ministry source said efforts will be made to complete the necessary work as soon as possible so as to meet the deadline that calls for the system to be operational by year’s end.
Setting up an RFID system over the DMZ is an important first step to raise the international competitiveness of the industrial complex that first started churning out goods in late 2004.
It can address a primary grievance of South Korean companies operating in Kaesong, which had to follow strict rules governing movement to and from the complex that is home to 123 South Korean factories.
Once the system is set up, it could make it much more easier for people to travel to Kaesong.