September 06, 2020

Eighth Congress of the WPK to be Convened in January 2021

THE sixth plenary meeting of the seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea was held on August 19, 2020. Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), the State and the armed forces of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) presided over the meeting.

Members and alternate members of the WPK Central Committee and members of the Party Central Auditing Commission attended the meeting. Officials of departments of the Party Central Committee were present as observers.

The meeting discussed as the major agenda the issue of convening the eighth Congress of the WPK to set forth a new line of struggle and strategic and tactical policies on the basis of the requirements of the developing revolution and the changed situation, and to further strengthen the Party organisationally and ideologically.

Kim Jong Un analysed the present subjective and objective environment in which the country faced unexpected and inevitable challenges in various aspects and the situation in the region surrounding the Korean peninsula, and assessed the achievements and shortcomings that have been seen in the Party and the State affairs for the past four years since the historic 7th Party Congress.

He made a detailed report on the accomplishment of goals of various sectors of the national economy for this year, the last year of attaining the goals of the five-year strategy for national economic development set forth in the 7th Congress of the Party, in particular, and analysed the results.

He said that the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee suggested convening the 8th Congress of the WPK to analyse and review in a comprehensive, three-dimensional and anatomical way the deviations and shortcomings in the work for the implementation of the decisions made at the 7th Congress of the Party and to discuss and decide on the strategic tasks for the Party and the government in the new phase of struggle in the present crucial period.

Calling for regularly convening the Congresses of the Party, the supreme guiding organ of the Party, in order to confirm the line, strategic and tactical measures for steering the development of the times and adjust and reinforce the leadership body for guaranteeing their execution, he advanced the important guidelines for the operation of the Congress.

He said that the 8th Congress would review this year's work and the work of the Central Committee of the Party in the period under review and set forth a new 5-year plan for national economic development including next year's orientation of work.

Noting that the 8th Congress should become the Congress of struggle that will comprehensively review the Party work, he detailed the agenda items to be discussed at the Congress and the issues arising in preparations for it.

Kim Jong Un stressed the need for all the sectors and units including the Party organisations at all levels, power organs and organs of the armed forces to regularly in time sum up the results of the work so as not to deviate from the implementation of the Party's basic lines, policies and decisions. He also said that they should encourage and develop good successes, overcome shortcomings and take rectification measures at the double and thus achieve new progress in advancing the revolution and construction and in strengthening the Party.

He called on all the participants to greet the 8th Congress of the WPK with high political zeal and shining feats of labour by pushing forward the work of developing the internal potentiality and the motive force as required by the offensive for making a breakthrough head-on along with the major tasks set forth at this year's meetings of the Political Bureau of the Party.

Kim Jong Un read out a draft decision of the plenary meeting on convening the 8th Congress of the WPK. All the participants fully supported and approved the agenda that was taken up in the meeting. The plenary meeting decided to convene the 8th Congress of the WPK in January, 2021.