The North Korean government invites experts from the crypto scene to the first international conference on crypto currencies and blockain technologies. The one-week event starts on 18 April 2019 and offers participants an all-round carefree package – including a visit to a brewery.
The fact that Bitcoin & Co. are not a foreign word in the North Korean dictatorship was demonstrated at the latest by the hacker group Lazarus, which is said to have captured more than half a billion US dollars through hacks from crypto exchanges. Now the North Korean government apparently wants to position the country as a blockchain nation. The first international conference on blockchain technology and crypto currencies is scheduled to take place in Pyongyang next spring. A report by the British news platform Independent shows the same.
On North Korea’s official homepage the event is promoted by the KFA (Korean Friendship Association) as follows:
International experts from the blockchain and crypto industries will gather for the first time in Pyongyang to share their knowledge and vision and to make new contacts and discuss business opportunities.
Whether and which of these „international experts“; participate is covered by the KFA. The organizers include Christopher Emms, at least one Blockchain expert, who is part of a non-party, parliamentary Blockchain working group in Great Britain.
Conference meets propaganda event
The event starts on 18 April 2019, departure day is 25 April. The eight-day program is reminiscent of propaganda trips, which are so far the only way for foreigners to travel to the north of the Korean peninsula. The actual conference will take place from 22 to 23 April. The rest of the program consists of excursions to various North Korean showcase projects. In addition to the obligatory visit to the Korean War Museum, there is also a brewery, a secondary school, bowling, skating and shopping.
For the equivalent of 3,300 euros, you receive an all-round carefree package. The price includes participation in the conference, seven nights in a three-star hotel with full board, return flight to and from Beijing, translator and transport.
Interested participants or speakers must submit a copy of their ID card, their telephone number and a short curriculum vitae to the KFA. Anyone who has Japanese, South Korean or Israeli citizenship does not even need to try. On the KFA page it is explicitly stated that visitors from these countries are not welcome. By the way, the same applies to journalists – but not to the imperialist arch-enemies from the USA.
Originally, such a conference was to take place in October of this year. Following an announcement to this effect in August, however, there was no more news in this regard. Since the KFA itself now describes the conference planned for April as the „first“; of its kind, one can probably assume that the date in October has been cancelled.