The mood in Jeollabuk-do was heavy on Sunday as the World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum was forced to withdraw early due to Typhoon Kanun hitting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

The jamboree, which was turned into a ‘half’ event by the absence of the British and American scouting delegations, tried to turn things around, but ended up in vain.

The Jamboree is a high-profile international event, ranking as one of the top three events in the world behind the World Cup and the Olympics.

If successful, it was expected to boost the national brand, accelerate the Saemangeum development project, and lead regional development.

However, the event was hampered by a number of heat-related illnesses and insect bites due to the heat wave, poor environment and heat wave, and “total failure” of the organizing committee to recognize and prepare for the reality.

The Jamboree’s campgrounds have been a “lantern in the wind” since the opening day, with precarious conditions.

From the first day of the competition, dozens to hundreds of people with fever a day, mainly foreigners, were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.

The showers and toilets were dirty and inadequate, and the food was poor.

Questions were raised about what the city had done in the six years since it hosted the event.

The government’s promise of full support and the efforts of private organizations seemed to provide a respite, but then the sex scandal broke again.

The hard-working Saemangeum Jamboree was finally derailed by the news of a northern typhoon. They hadn’t even tried. It is said that the entire team decided to leave the Saemangeum territory, leaving only scars in the end.

The goal of rebuilding the image of the region was quickly realized. The entire event was criticized by the public, and many people said that they wished they hadn’t held the event.

Initially, Jeollabuk-do promoted the jamboree as an event aimed at strengthening the global capabilities and activities of the world’s youth, enhancing the country’s image, and revitalizing public diplomacy through private exchanges, making it a perfect opportunity to lead regional growth and raise the country’s profile.

The Jamboree is expected to generate an economic impact of KRW 119.8 billion in production, 1,982 jobs, and KRW 40.6 billion in added value. If indirect effects such as the domestic camping industry are added, the production induced effect is expected to exceed 600 billion won 먹튀검증.

However, with the early discharge of the soldiers, the economic impact was bound to fall far short of these projections.

Of course, not all the blame lies with Jeonbuk Province.

The composition of the organizing committee alone includes three ministers from government ministries such as the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, while the governor of Jeonbuk serves as the executive chairman in an executive role. The budget for the event is also very limited without government support.

However, since Jeonbuk province took the initiative to bring the event to Saemangeum and has been preparing for it ever since, it is unfair to put the blame on the government.

In particular, the heatwave, bugs, and sanitation that were blamed for ruining the event could have been predicted or dealt with.

For this reason, Jeollabuk-do is likely to be stuck with the blame game for a while.

It will also be interesting to see what kind of repercussions the dozens of overseas trips made in preparation for the jamboree will have.

“Jeonbuk could have demonstrated its capabilities as a special autonomous region and created long-term positive effects of the Saemangeum development project through the success of the jamboree, but various mistakes led to the central government taking over the initiative of the event,” said an official from a civil society organization.

“We gained nothing, but rather left behind an image of incompetence,” the official said, pointing out that it was an event that showed the limits of Jeonbuk’s capabilities.

“We did our best to prepare, but as we shook hands with bad news, we ended up with a stigma,” said an official from Jeonbuk Province, adding, “It will be difficult to attract a mammoth international convention event for the time being.”

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