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2023. 8.6(Sun) Briefing

In the press briefing on August 4, it was announced that the government of the Republic of Korea had decided to provide full support for the 2023 Saemangeum World Scout Jamboree. Since then, the Jamboree site has been gradually regaining stability.

 

Currently at the campsite, the central and local governments, the military and the private sector are joining forces to address one by one the difficulties that participants face.

 

In addition to the Organizing Committee, supplemental equipment and personnel from such government organizations as the Ministry of Interior and Safety; the Office for Government Policy Coordination; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; and the Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency as well as the military, police and firefighting authorities have been provided. As such, the government as a whole is doing everything possible to ensure that the Jamboree concludes in a safe and pleasant manner.

 

Notably, we are paying special attention to the heat wave, the cause of the main public concerns.

 

To help participants cool off, an additional 132 air-conditioned buses have been deployed, significantly increasing the total to 262. The number of shuttle buses within the campsite has also doubled, with a total of 24 buses running at 10-minute intervals now instead of at 30-minute intervals as before. The military has installed 69 additional canopies for shade throughout the campsite.

 

Moreover, in consultation with the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), a total of eight water playgrounds have been installed in four hubs to help refresh the bodies and minds of Scouts who are exhausted from the persistent heat wave.

 

An additional 930 cleaning staff have been mobilized; a total of 1,400 people are now working to keep toilets and showers clean and hygienic.

 

As promised, at least five bottles of chilled water are being provided per person every day, and we have taken measures to ensure that anyone can bring as many bottles as they need anywhere.

 

As of now, a total of 16 refrigerated trucks are in operation, and coolers have been provided. We are improving the quantity and quality of meals and providing additional snacks. In addition, the staff cafeteria is up and running around the clock.

 

The electricity supply capacity has been increased to enable lighting on the floor of the vine tunnels and an additional 330 streetlamps to light up the roads, thereby improving safety even at night. A total of 200 large electric fans have also been provided.

 

Private-sector businesses and other local governments have also provided a helping hand for the Jamboree’s success.

 

A number of businesses donated 1.68 million bottles of water and ion supply drinks as well as 10,000 cans of insect repellent, and some local governments also provided 50 portalets and seven arm roll boxes for trash.

 

With the central and local governments, the military and the private sector working together to address each of the difficulties facing the participants, the campsite is gradually regaining stability.

 

As safety issues should never be overlooked even in the slightest way, we have decided to postpone the Saemangeum K-pop concert scheduled for tonight. We will do everything we can so the K-pop concert can be held in a more pleasant and safe venue later on.

 

As the President has instructed, we are preparing tour programs to be conducted all over the country, so the participants will be able to have various experiences and build good memories.

 

Yesterday, with cooperation from 17 provinces and cities, the government prepared a total of 90 additional programs, and these programs will be launched as soon as the negotiations on specific schedules with the WOSM are concluded.

 

For instance, the participants will enjoy the Mud Festival in Boryeong, Chungcheongnam-do Province; savor the beauty of Cheongnamdae, a presidential vacation villa in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do Province; and experience a temple stay at a traditional Korean temple. In Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, they will be able to learn about Korea’s traditional culture and history. Sosu Seowon in Yeongju and Dosan Seowon in Andong will allow the participants to experience Confucian culture. We are also preparing programs to visit businesses known for cutting-edge technology and industrial sites.

 

The central and local governments, the military and the private sector are doing everything possible to improve the environment for the Jamboree. I hope that the people will be also united in support of the World Jamboree, so this festival will come to a conclusion as scheduled.

 

Thank you.

 

 

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