2. Wide interior shot of women at work inside factory
3. Sign inside factory - tilts down to women at work
4. Various of women guiding pieces of material through machine
5. Various of women at work
6. Close-up of hands of woman marking labels on pieces of cloth
7. Sign on factory wall - tilts down to room of women sewing
8. Various of women sewing
9. Close-up of face of woman sewing
10. Various of woman at electric sewing machine
11. Women at work amongst machinery
12. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) Vox pop female machine worker
"If we go out (of North Korea) to visit other countries, it won't be as good as being in our country. Our country is the best place to live."
12. Woman sewing together pieces of cloth to make suit - pans to male worker
13. Rack of completed suits on clothes hangers
14. Woman putting suit onto rack
15. Second woman working on collar of suit jacket on hanger - rack focus to brand label on hanger reading "Balenciaga Paris"
16. Rack of suits - tilts down
17. Set-up shot of factory engineer
18. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) Chief Engineer of Tong Dae Wong Garment Factory (unidentified by name)
"Currently we can revive our economy by ourselves, but for the faster development of our economy, I think it's a good idea to bring in foreign investment from European countries and also from other regions. A good environment for investment has been created so far."
19. Women working on suits hanging on rack - zooms to close-up of worker's face
Four years since North Korea first asked the World Bank for guidance on establishing a market economy, companies in the communist state are now exporting their goods and importing foreign investment and technology. North Korea's communist ideology has traditionally been based on the concept of "juche," or self-reliance, and state control continues to be tight.
However, just as agricultural problems and widespread famine have forced Pyongyang to accept emergency food supplies, so energy shortages and economic problems have brought limited market reforms and the advent of foreign investment.
APTN on Wednesday visited one factory in the North Korean capital which has recently undergone remodelling and assimilated foreign technology.
The Tong Dae Wong Garment Factory has been producing clothing for export since the 1960s, but has now installed machinery made in Japan. The company employs around one-thousand workers, 90 percent of whom are women, between the ages of 20 and 37. The factory annually produces 350-thousand men's suits and working clothes, by hand as well as by machine, which are designed and exported to Hong Kong, Singapore, Southeast Asia and Europe by another North Korean trading company.
Some of the apparel bears famous international brand name labels, such as 'Balenciaga'.
Annual sales revenue is reported to be about two (m) million US dollars, with workers earning 500 won (232 US dollars) per month. One employee stated that she was content with her life in North Korea and that she wouldn't want to travel abroad.
The company's chief engineer commented that foreign investment could assist the further development of the North Korean economy and that the climate was right for such investment to take place. North Korea has already established a free trade zone in the Rajin-Sonbong region, near the northern borders with China and Russia.
Plans have also been under consideration in Pyongyang for other such "bonded processing" zones, including one at Kaesong near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at the border with South Korea.