In his opening address given at the 4th Meeting of Secretaries of Cells of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), Kim said the gathering "is a significant meeting which was convened at the behest of (late) leader Kim Jong-il," the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in an English-language dispatch.
The late leader, who died in December 2011, wanted the party cell secretaries to have a bigger role and contribute more to the party, according to the report.
Calling the party cells, the WPK's smallest organizations composed of 5-30 party members, "grass-roots organizations," the KCNA's report quoted Kim Jong-un as saying that "the current meeting will be an epochal turning point in increasing the party's capability in every way as required by the new era of the Juche revolution by decisively enhancing the function and role of the party cells."
The WPK is "determined to make this meeting a decisive occasion of bringing about a great turn in the overall party work by ... radically improving and strengthening the work of the party cells," the KCNA dispatch also said.
The latest meeting was the country's first convening of the party cell leaders in more than five years since the previous one held in October 2007 under the leadership of the late leader. The country first held the party cell meeting in 1994. It is also the first time that the communist country's top leader attended the gathering.
In a separate dispatch, the KCNA said the meeting was held to discuss ways to increase the role of party cells and to "powerfully mobilize all service personnel and people to build a thriving country."