Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un absent from SPA meeting: KCTV

08:34, April 08, 2011      

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The DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, did not attend the fourth session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) Thursday, the official Korean Central Television reported.

The agenda of the session, held at Mansudae Assembly Hall, included discussion of the work of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) cabinet in 2010 and its tasks in 2011, the implementation of the national budget in 2010 and the mapping out of the national budget in 2011.

Premier Choe Yong Rim made a report on the Cabinet's work. He said light industry and agricultural production had dramatically improved last year.

Big successes were also made in development of science and technology, cultural construction and other fields, he said.

He also stressed the need to remarkably increase the production of consumer goods and grain to "bring about a decisive turn in improving the standard of people's living."

Pak Su Gil, vice-premier and minister of finance, reported on the national budgets.

He said the national budgetary allocations for light industry and agriculture in 2010 increased 10.9 percent and 9.4 percent, respectively, year on year.

Huge funding would go to light industry and agriculture this year, he said, adding 15.8 percent of the total national budgetary expenditure this year, the same as last year, would be spent on national defense.

The SPA is the highest organ of the DPRK state power, and is held every four years. The session of the SPA is usually held annually.

Source: Xinhua
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