By Kim Hyun
SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- Trade between North Korea and the Netherlands is picking up steam, with Dutch firms reaching out to information technology and clothing areas in the North, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper said Friday.
Dutch companies gave purchase orders to clothing and machinery firms in North Korea following their visit there organized by the Chamber of Commerce of the Netherlands in September, said the Japan-based Choson Sinbo in a dispatch from Pyongyang.
"Exchange and cooperation projects that were agreed to in meetings between the Dutch business delegation and the DPRK Commercial Office are entering the stage of implementation," the report said. DPRK is short for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"Production by the (North) Korean clothing and machinery trade firms is underway according to the agreements," it added.
Dutch businesses along with firms from 14 other countries participated in the Pyongyang Autumn International Fair held Sept. 21 to 24. North Korea holds a trade fair twice a year to draw foreign investment and boost technology exchanges.
The Choson Sinbo said the Dutch firms then showed interest in the information technology area, machinery parts and clothing goods and held talks with pertinent North Korean companies, such as the Joson Computer Center and Unha Clothing Company.
After returning home, the Dutch produced a report on North Korea's international economic relations for distribution at home and in other Western European countries, the newspaper said.
"The DPRK Commercial Office, following the visit by the Dutch business delegation, is expecting the exchanges with the chambers of commerce in Western European countries to develop to a higher level," the report said.
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