There are the State Academy of Sciences (a comprehensive body for leading scientific research institutes), the Academy of Social Sciences, the State Science and Technology Committee (a body for giving scientific and technological administrative guidance) and their subordinate units of various sectors in the DPRK.
Scientific research institutes are provided with every convenience ranging from updated research rooms to laboratories, test-rooms and intermediary pilot plants.
Large contingents of millions of intellectuals produced at the State’s huge expenditure are ushering in a heyday of national prosperity and mapping out the plan for tomorrow’s sci-tech power.
Science in the country plays the role of an engine that opens the way for economic development and leads the economy in building the country into an economic giant.
Today the country is making breakthroughs in such core, basic technologies as IT, nanotechnology and bioengineering and in other fields of modern science and technology, like new materials, new energy, outer space and atomic energy.
It puts its major efforts into resolving in a scientific and technological way the problems of key importance in building an economic giant, including those arising in producing energy, iron, steel, chemical goods and grain, as well as developing technologies of competitive edge in the field of cutting-edge science and technology.
The latest achievements of science and technology have been introduced to several fields of the national economy, especially in building UHP electric arc furnaces in the Chollima Steel Complex and in building Tanchon Port.
A nanophotocatalyst production process of the cutting-edge level was established, and innovations and new technological achievements including the establishment of a multi-element simultaneous analyzing process were made.
Development of up-to-the-minute technical products such as 9-axis machining centre, parent machine for processing the main body of machine tools and AC locomotive equipped with asynchronous vehicular motor and the great achievements in bioengineering, resulting from close combination of science and technology with production processes, are forcefully propelling the building of an economic giant.
Scientific research is conducted widely, not only in studies but at production sites; involved here are also such non-experts as workers, farmers, office employees, university students and even housewives. This is firmly guaranteed by the universal 12-year compulsory education system, the study-while-youwork system, the Sci-Tech Complex and the e-libraries and sci-tech learning spaces set up in various parts of the country.
Exchanges in science and technology with other countries are encouraged positively.
Recently modern apartment blocks and welfare service facilities have been set up in a large number, typical of them being Ryomyong Street, Mirae Scientists Street, Unha Scientists Street, Wisong Scientists Residential District and Yonphung Scientists Holiday Camp.
Thanks to the policy of attaching importance to science and technology as a strategic line in building a thriving country, science and technology are making rapid progress in the country.