Ahead of the opening of the ’25th World Scout Jamboree’ held in Saemangeum, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, it was found that officials from related organizations have traveled abroad 99 times in the name of the Saemangeum Jamboree over the past eight years.This is the result of the JoongAng Ilbo’s ‘overseas business trip training information system’ on the 6th, when Saemangeum was selected as a candidate site for domestic recruitment by the Korea Scout Federation, after September 22, 2015. The overseas business trip training information system is a database ( DB ) that registers records of public officials’ overseas business trips . Specifically, there are five organizations that have listed ‘Jamboree’ in the title of the business trip report. Jeollabuk-do had the most with 55, followed by Buan-gun with 25, Saemangeum Development Authority with 12, Ministry of Gender Equality and Family with five, and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs with two.As of August 16, 2017, when Saemangeum was selected as the final venue at the World Scout General Assembly, the purpose of the overseas business trip shows two main aspects. There were 54 overseas business trips for about two years from the selection of the domestic candidate site to the final confirmation as the World Scout Jamboree venue, and most of them were of the nature of the bid. After the invitation, there were many business trips for the purpose of exploring advanced culture.
From the outside, there is no problem, but if you look closely at the details of the report, there were quite a few poor business trips. For example, in May 2018, Jeollabuk-do Province visited Switzerland and Italy for 8 days and 6 nights with 5 public officials for the purpose of ‘interviewing key men and conducting case studies on successful World Jamboree events’. ) There was nothing except the meeting with the chairman and a visit to the World Scout Center on the second day.
From the third day, they visited famous tourist destinations in Switzerland such as Interlaken and Lucerne, and visited Milan and Venice in Italy for the rest of the day. In the first place, Switzerland and Italy had never even held a World Jamboree, but they tried to connect with Saemangeum, saying that it was ‘implications based on overseas cases’. Something like “Saemangeum needs to be built as a differentiated city like Venice in Italy and passed on to future generations.” In addition, the description of the tourist destinations they visited, such as Piazza San Marco in Venice, was copied from a travel article from a local media reported in 2014 without changing a single word.
In October 2019, the 10-day business trip of four Buan-gun officials to London, England, and Paris, France, is close to a business trip, if you look at the detailed schedule안전놀이터. For the purpose of the business trip, I wrote “a study on the location of the Jamboree event in England and a study on excellent festivals in Paris,” but London held the World Jamboree in 1920, 103 years ago, and it was never held in Paris.
The itinerary for business trips is also made up of tour courses, including visits to Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey in England, the Montmartre Grape Festival in France, and Mont Saint Michel Abbey. In the report, I also wrote “feelings”, “A wine tasting event (on the hill of Montmartre). Thinking about how to apply it to the ‘Drinking Festival’, the representative festival of Buan-gun.”
They also went on a cruise trip in the name of the Jamboree. Buan-gun is promoting the creation of a cruise port of call separately from the Jamboree, and when the Jamboree was confirmed, it made two related business trips under the pretext of “promoting the Jamboree venue through the creation of a cruise base port of call.” ▶October 2019, 13 people, 6 nights, 7 days cruise familiarization tour in Shanghai, China, ▶December 2019, 5 people, visits to Taipei 101 Tower Observatory and Keelung Cruise Terminal, Taiwan.
There were cases when I went on a business trip and did not upload the report, saying it was confidential. Five people, including government officials from Jeollabuk-do and officials from the Korea Scout Federation, left for 12 days from December 12, 2016 to Belgium, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic for the purpose of attracting activities. It was registered as “not listed in the report due to confidentiality and information security issues.”
A non-governmental member of the Buan-gun county went on a business trip to the US Jamboree. From July 25, 2019, for 9 nights and 11 days, 8 people, including Chairman Lee Han-soo, 5 military councilors, and 3 parliamentary office staff left. The purpose of the business trip was written to “visit the Jamboree in the US and learn operational examples,” but the period in Charleston, where the Jamboree was actually held, was only two days. The rest of the time was spent visiting the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Chelsea Market, and Times Square in New York and Washington DC , which were far from Charleston . The business trip cost was 32.94 million won.
Kim Seong-soo, a professor of political science and diplomacy at Hanyang University, said, “In the eight years since it was selected as a candidate in Korea, it seems that there has not been much practical preparation.” A political official said, “We need to properly look at how the budget of 100 billion won invested in the Saemangeum Jamboree has been spent so far.”