North Korea's growing software industry is championed by Kim Jong Il and contracting with North Korean companies is legal under United Nations sanctions unless they are linked to the arms trade. Volker Eloesser, a founder of Pyongyang-based Nosotek, notes that the technological education of graduates from North Korean universities has become significantly better. North Korea’s information technology push began in the 1980s as the government sought to bolster the faltering economy.
Today Nosotek advertises itself as "the first western IT venture in DPRK (North Korea). Its web site expands upon this as follows:
- In DPRK, software engineers are selected from the mathematics elite and learn programming from the ground-up, such as assembler to C#, but also Linux kernel and Visual Basic macros.
- Among them, Nosotek has attracted the cream of local talent as the only company in Pyongyang offering western working conditions and Internet access.
- In addition to the accessible skill level Nosotek was set-up in DPRK because IP secrecy and minimum employee churn rate are structurally guaranteed.< Nosotek sells direct access to its 50+ programmers jointly managed by western and local managers.
- Services can be invoiced through a Hong Kong or Chinese company.
- Benefit from North Korea's opening, outsource to Nosotek.