Kaesong Industrial Complex, which reopened on September 16, operated normally during the holiday season, except for Chuseok on September 19. On September 17, normalization efforts continued as 335 South Korean employees went into the complex and 530 returned.
In total, 35,000 North Korean workers got to work on this day, an increase of over 31,000 the previous day. The utilization rate also improved to 56% from 53% the previous day.
Related infrastructure organizations such as Korea Electric Power, Korea Electrical Safety Corporation, and KT also continued their equipment checkups. Nurseries and cafeterias at a few companies are not normalized yet, and some companies are still checking their transformer checkups, delaying electricity supply.
“We’ve incurred much loss from closing the operations. South Korean employees and workers are cooperating in normalization efforts,” said one of the company personnel.
On the previous day, the Kaesong Industrial Complex South-North Joint Committee held its 3rd meeting and agreed to hold negotiations for the opening of an office for themselves on September 24. They also agreed to hold the seminar on joint investment in the Kaesong Industrial Complex on October 31.