The role of Juche idea study groups in the world has been increasing more and more in the current situation that many countries and nations are advancing along the path of independent development with this idea as the guiding ideology of the era of independence spreading more and more.
Under such circumstances, there is a growing tendency among the Juche idea study groups in the world to strengthen their cooperative relations with the IIJI and promote their study and dissemination of this idea.
Being introduced here is some activities conducted in Europe, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
It was on February 1, 2020 when Secretary General of the ERSSJI, Prof. Matteo Carbonelli sent an e-mail to its directors with the following words:
“I would like to remember you our first week-end contact this year, today and tomorrow, in order to reciprocally inform each other about activities being conducted in our countries on the study and dissemination of the Juche idea. I am looking forward to having e-mails from each of you.”
An initiative like that was proposed by Prof. Matteo Carbonelli, secretary general of the ERSSJI at its last Board meeting when the European Regional seminar on the Juche Idea was held in Bulgaria last year. The Secretary General suggested that individual directors of the European Board should make a quarterly report on their study and dissemination of the Juche idea in their own countries so that they could conduct their work with tight ties with the others with the ERSSJI at the centre. It obtained their consent approval.
Within the day he sent the said e-mail, reports from several directors of the Board reached the Secretary General, who then immediately replied to them e-mails with thanks.
Then afterwards, for two days, more reports on their respective work by many other directors and researchers in the region reached the Secretary General.
Prof. Matteo Carbonelli wrote in his e-mail of many thanks to them all when the “contact week-end” program ended as follows:
“We just had our first ‘contact week-end’ of this year. It was the first experience of this kind. And I think it has been satisfying for us. I congratulate them and am grateful for sharing this information. Certainly it will impulse similar activities in other countries and also stimulate other directors for sharing their information. I am confident that in the future this experience shall be more and more fruitful, helping cooperation between all of us. Next ‘contact week-end’ will be on June 6 and 7. I hope that all of us shall be able to participate and give their contribution.”
Secretary General Matteo Carbonelli let the IIJI know of those reports from the directors of the ERSSJI Board and other researchers in Europe.
Introducing here are some of them:
In Finland, the Finnish Society for the Study of Juche Idea together with the Korean Friendship Association Finland set up an exhibition space at an event hall in Helsinki in last January. Those members concerned distributed the works of General Secretary Kim Jong Il as well as those of Chairman Kim Jong Un, while having many discussions on the Juche idea with those who dropped in at the space.
Besides, there were some members of the Juche Idea Study Group of Madrid who had an experience in zealously studying the Juche idea through their long stay in the DPRK. In the study meeting held on February 4, this group studied the report about the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea as well as a work of General Secretary of Kim Jong Il.
The strengthening of relations between Secretary General Matteo Carbonelli who sent a sincere call and the directors of the ERSSJI Board and others who corresponded to it has given rise to a new tendency in the study and dissemination of the Juche idea in Europe.
A Special Meeting to Celebrate the 78th Birth Anniversary of General Secretary Kim Jong Il was held at the municipal chamber of Girardot in the city of Maracay, Aragua State, Venezuela on February 19, 2020.
The special meeting was held under the joint auspices of the Venezuelan Institute of the Juche Idea and the Naenara Research Line on the Juche Idea Studies.
Attending there were University professors, members of the Parliament, political parties’ members, Juche idea researchers and friendship people with the DPRK including Prof. Omar Lopez, deputy director-general of the Latin American Institute of the Juche Idea and Prof. Ommis Salazar, vice-chairman of the Youth Movement for Independence of Latin America.
On behalf of the sponsorship, Mr. Julio Chavez, member of the National Directorate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela（PSUV）made a key-note speech.
After referring to the need to know and recognize the proximity between the Korean revolution and the Bolivarian revolution in view of the philosophical basis of the Juche idea, Mr. Julio Chavez pointed out that learning from the educational, cultural, scientific experiences in the DPRK would be able to contribute to the development of Venezuela.
He further mentioned the concretion of solidarity and friendship with the brother nations of the world including the DPRK that fight in a frontal line against US imperialism and its allies.
Then he said that in addition to the contribution made by General Secretary
Kim Jong Il as to develop and enrich the Juche idea founded by President Kim Il Sung, he contributed to the development of socialism in a theoretical and methodological way to realize the cause of socialism.
In his address Mr. Raul Ramirez, president of the municipal chamber of Girardot pointed out the importance in the study and dissemination of the Juche idea conducted by the Venezuelan Institute of the Juche Idea and the Naenara Research Line on the Juche Idea Studies for the last two years.
The information about the special meeting was now available as news to the broad masses of the citizen.
This meeting was also attended by the DPRK ambassador to Venezuela.
After his greetings to the local audience, the ambassador talked about the exploits of General Secretary Kim Jong Il as well as the contents of the Juche idea and Songun politics. He also mentioned the on-going cultural and political exchanges between the DPRK and Venezuela.
A National Seminar was held in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on March 1, 2020 under the auspices of the DRC National Association of the Juche Idea.
The seminar was attended by Prof. Lohekele Kalonda Andre, secretary general of the African Regional Committee for the Study of the Juche Idea, members of the Institute of Kimilsung-Kimjongilism, students at National University of Pedagogy and University of Kinshasa who are also members of Juche Idea Study Groups there and others.
The seminar began with a greeting of the moderator on behalf of the sponsorship of the seminar. It was followed by a speech of the speaker of the seminar and then a report by Prof. Lohekele Kalonda Andre.
He referred to the issues related to democracy, independence and development including those concerning the DRC such as the interference by imperialism, the genuine democracy where people should be its true masters, national sovereignty and political independence, and the forward development of the DRC.
Prof. Lohekele said that it is necessary to establish genuine democracy, people-centred by the people, not like the one made use of the rulers, capitalist-centred.
He stressed the importance of political independence and independence in the economy in the context that in order to establish people’s democracy efficiently, it is indispensable to ensure national sovereignty and political independence as well as to promote independence in the economy.
His presentation was followed by interventions and the questions and answers.
Finally, the Final Declaration was read aloud. It stressed that the people in the DRC are determined to recognize themselves as the subject of history, and display their independence and creativity to develop their own country, while cultivating the genuine patriotism and their national pride.
The national seminar was also attended by some officials at the DPRK Embassy to the DRC.
The national seminar greatly contributed to the promotion in the study and dissemination of the Juche idea in the DRC.