The Central Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is North Korea's central bank. Established on December 6, 1947, it issues the North Korean wŏn. The Bank is subordinated to the Cabinet of North Korea. Ri Kwang-gon has been the bank's president since April 2009, but has since supposedly fallen out of favor with Kim Jong-un.
On February 15, 1946, a central bank of North Korea was announced, which was to be under the control of the Soviet Union military. However, the bank failed to accomplish its objectives, being unable to meet its costs of operation, and the 100 million wŏn capitalisation was ineffective. The North Korean Interim People's Committee did not look upon the bank favourably, and chose instead to work through the Farmers' Bank, which also existed at the time. By late 1946, banking functions were consolidated into two main institutions, the Central Bank and Farmer's Bank. In June 1947, around 1,000 million wŏn was concentrated in the Central Bank, allowing it to extend credits totalling 900 million wŏn for economic rehabilition. The consolidation reflected a return to the original objectives of the People's Committee, which wanted closer control over the economy; any banking people opposed to the changes within the system were removed from their posts. On December 6, 1947, a comprehensive program of currency reform was announced.
In 1959, the Central and Farmers' banks were merged to form the Central Bank of the Democratic's People's Republic of Korea. The Foreign Trade Bank was established to handle the Central Bank's international business.
The Central Bank has over 220 branches.