In the past, the Korean people strengthened international cooperation with the peoples of developing countries who struggle to achieve economic independence and build a new, independent society.
President Kim Il Sung met with government delegations from several countries to discuss technical measures for developing economic cooperation with them and made sure that technicians and specialists, required materials, funds and facilities were sent to their countries.
At the consultative meeting of the ministers of agriculture from eastern and western Africa who attended the symposium of the non-aligned and other developing countries on increasing food and agricultural production held in Pyongyang in August Juche 70 (1981), he said it was first of all important for the peoples in African countries to increase agricultural production in order to be well off. And he stressed the need to establish agricultural research centres in Guinea and Tanzania and conduct joint researches there by the agricultural scientists and technicians of relevant and neighbouring countries.
As a result, agricultural science centres were established in Guinea and Tanzania in cooperation with the government of the DPRK, which made a great contribution to agricultural development in those countries.
The DPRK government also rendered assistance to the government of Bangladesh, which was short of stone resource, to build a mine with an annual production capacity of 1.65 million tons of stone. The mine had two 360-metre-deep vertical pits, a 13 000-metre-long drift and other underground structures and industrial facilities.
Besides, it built a youth hall in Rwanda (April 1980), a grand national palace in Guinea (May 1983), a party school in Togo (October 1983), a presidential palace in Madagascar (October 1989), etc.
Experts of the DPRK taught the Burundian people the embroidery. Deeply moved by their efforts, the Burundian people presented President Kim Il Sung with an embroidered congratulatory banner in reflection of their best wishes for his long life in April 1992.
The DPRK government had sent over 9 500 technicians and experts to over 1 100 units in more than 80 countries by the end of the 20th century and rendered cooperation to the newly-emerging countries in the fields of the economy, culture, education, public health and sports.
Its economic cooperation with the developing countries made a tangible contribution to further intensifying international unity and promoting regional development.