SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Investor relation (IR) session will be held in the Kaesong industrial complex in late October to encourage foreigners to invest into the reopened factory park just north of the heavily armed border, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday. "Basically, the investment briefing will be subject to foreigners belonging to foreign Chamber of Commerce and Industry stationed here in Seoul," an official at the Unification Ministry said by phone.
The official, however, noted that details had yet to be decided, saying that Seoul would continue to consult with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to determine the details.
The joint committee, which will be in charge of running the Kaesong industrial zone, held the third meeting on Monday, agreeing to hold the IR session on Oct. 31 in the reopened factory park.
The Kaesong industrial zone, where 123 South Korean companies run factories, normalized operations on Monday with a trial run. Among the total, 90 firms joined the trial run, marking the first production in 166 days since the DPRK withdrew all of its 53,000 workers from the zone in early April.
Around 32,000 DPRK workers were estimated to report to work the previous day. The ministry said 35,000 workers were scheduled to work in the reopened factory park Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Seoul and Pyongyang planned to hold working-level talks on Sept. 24 to discuss the opening of a standing secretariat, which will provide administrative support to the joint management committee and four other subcommittees.
The ministry said that no schedule for the fourth meeting of the joint management committee is fixed, but it noted that separate subcommittee meetings would take place next week.
The subcommittee in charge of travel and stay will discuss the right of South Korean personnel to receive legal counsel when South Koreans get involved in a criminal case and questioned by the DPRK authorities. The subcommittee for passage, communications and customs will continue to talk about details on the introduction of an electronic system to control passage of South Korean businessmen to and from Kaesong along with the usage of mobile phones and the Internet connectivity in the factory park.