On the path to Pyongyang
Soon after completing his Graduate Entry LLB (GELLB) course in The City Law School next month, Scott Howe will be embarking on a journey of a different kind.
He will be travelling to Pyongyang in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to be a trainer on the Choson Exchange programme.
The Choson Exchange is a Singaporean non-profit organisation supporting entrepreneurship in North Korea through intensive training workshops delivered by foreign professionals in areas such as finance, policy, law and management. It provides an opportunity for foreign professionals, such as Scott, to share their knowledge and support economic development in a very challenging environment. Since 2009, nearly 1000 North Koreans have received training in over 20 fields of specialization, both in the DPRK and abroad. On study trips to Singapore, they visit companies, meet other foreign professionals, develop bonds with their peers and experience a society that has achieved rapid economic growth. For many of these trainees, it is their first opportunity to experience life outside of North Korea. Through this exposure, they become inspired by new ideas on their return home.
For Scott, who hails from Vancouver (British Columbia) in Canada, the upcoming stint in a relatively isolated country adds to the interesting tally of far-flung locales he has visited around the world:
“Since High School I've been somewhat of a nomad, living in Sydney and the Gold Coast of Australia, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Mombasa, Diani Beach and now here in London as a law student”.
Scott has been involved in international development work for some time now and has spent time in Nepal and Laos on projects which provided rural communities with access to sustainable energy. He also successfully set up two back-packer hostels in Kenya. He has ‘always been fascinated’ with North Korea and was in Pyongyang last year on a sightseeing tour.
He is ‘delighted and grateful’ with the financial support offered to him by The City Law School, which will go a long way toward supporting his work with the Choson Exchange.
International Development is about engaging with economically disadvantaged regions in the world to empower people to improve their well-being and address causes of poverty.