It is widely known to all that North Korea has shipped more than 60,000 employees to over 50 countries worldwide. The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is among the destination countries of these workers.
The question one might ask is, why are so many North Korean workers sent abroad ?
According to experts on the geopolitics of North Korea, Pyongyang extorts these workers out of 70 to 80% of their monthly remuneration to maintain the high level of luxury for the North Korean leadership, to support the security of the dictatorial power of the ‘Kim’ family, and also to develop weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear weapons and long range ballistic missiles.
The same source noted that this reality will be increasingly exacerbated, considering that the international community is preparing to tighten existing stringent sanctions against the communist regime in Pyongyang, following a series of provocations including the nuclear test and long range rocket launch made at the beginning of this year, which pushed the south Korean authorities to abruptly close the Kaesong industrial complex funded by Seoul.
This industrial complex in the North Korean territory 10 km north of the line and operated jointly by the two Koreas was described as a symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation and was a source of almost $ 1 billion per year in earnings for North Korea.
The closing of this complex is going to lead the North Korean regime to make greater use of workers shipped out to fill the gap in its annual revenue that came from the Kaesong Industrial Complex.
In such a difficult situation as North Korea faces, the construction market in Equatorial Guinea became the flagship market to help the Communist regime in Pyongyang cope with huge amounts of foreign money through some hundreds of workers who are active in various construction sites in this country that is a leading producer of West African oil.
What is even disturbing in the cooperation between the communist regime of Pyongyang and the one of Obiang Nguema is that companies from North Korea are expanding their scope of business into areas beyond the public works contracts they already have, moving up to data processing and telecommunications.
According to North Korean sources in Equatorial Guinea, ‘Korea Computer Center’ (KCC), a North Korean company specializing in information and telecommunications, based in the capital, Malabo, for the past few years, signed a contract in 2015 with the Presidency of Equatorial Guinea to build a special security system for President Obiang Nguema, based on video surveillance and computer technology.
This special project for presidential security is intended to offer the presidency of Equatorial Guinea various computer systems and telecommunications equipment as well as several security installations that are ultimately designed to protect the president himself and effectively supervise anything that could threaten the highest hierarchy of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema dynasty.
President Obiang Nguema, again according to a source permanently linked to North Korea in Equatorial Guinea, promised without hesitation to the KCC, the main operator of this secret project, to release the proposed $ 3 billion contract sum to the North Korean company.
The Presidency of Equatorial Guinea is also in the process of granting employees of KCC involved in this secret project all of the amenities, such as secure offices, vehicles with state drivers 24/7, houses, etc.
It did not miss any of the payments for the construction of the system, although the profitability of the Malabo treasury is not favourable because of the fall in the oil price on which it depends for nearly 90% the receipts of Equatorial Guinea.
The Director-General of the KCC paid off Malabo.
In any case, thanks to success of his feat in the IT market in Equatorial Guinea, Mr. Kyeongsu RI, Director-General of the KCC branch in the capital, Malabo, has just received a decoration from the highest level of the north Korean authorities, and boasts loudly of his achievement before his fellow-citizens provoking jealousy.
Furthermore, North Korea continues to send low cost manual labor to Equatorial Guinea in order not to lose the construction market of that country, which has already brought in a large fortune used mainly in the development of weapons of mass destruction.
There are currently more than 400 workers from North Korea in Equatorial Guinea.
For the past few years, we have observed the presence of North Korean workers in the construction sites of public works operated by the western firms, which suggests that North Korea is selling its inactive workforce deported from countries in the Middle East so as to maximize their gain through this system of modern slavery, which is the subject of condemnation by the Council on Human Rights of the UN.
KOGEN GE, the most active among the construction companies from north Korean in Equatorial Guinea, has just opened its flamboyant new headquarters, composed of offices, housing for exectives, and a large concrete structure.
All this proves that the Equatorial Guinean construction market is very profitable for North Korea and that the leaders of the latter benefit from the profit generated in this market more to increase their luxury and strengthen their bellicosity by the development of weapons of mass destruction that are nothing but the badly achieved fruits of exploiting their workers through modern slavery.
Worried experts wonder why Equatorial Guinea has established such strong ties with North Korea, which is the embodiment of total dictatorship and the greatest threat against the peace of the planet.
In particular, African observers also fear that Equatorial Guinea, an economic development model for countries on the African continent, will become the victim of their dangerous relationship with the Pyongyang regime that is presently in the crosshairs of the UN, especially since they believe that the foreign money earned by the North Koreans via public works ordered by the government of Equatorial Guinea is the main source fueling the development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles from North Korea .