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|제목 : Participation in PECC 18th General meeting by Kang, Hyeon-Min||글쓴이 : 국제지역대학원|
When I think of those three days participating in Pacific Economic Cooperation Council 18th General Meeting in Washington D.C., certain adjectives occur into my mind, such as ‘hard’, ‘complicated’, and ‘cold’. This, however, does not infer that it shouldn’t be. To distinguished professors and delegates, who were main participants in this conference, these adjectives usually are entailed. Don’t get me wrong, though. It is their duty to be hard, complicated, and cold, especially when there is a serious world issue to discuss. In this arena of hot talks, I had the honor to witness the aforementioned adjectives. In other words, I have witnessed ‘determination’, ‘passion’, and ‘engagement’ of PECC.
As a youth delegate representing KOPEC, I arrived in Washington on May 10th, 2009. Despite the jetlag and hunger, I was amazed to see the capital of a superpower. I saw busy streets full of people with different ancestors Asian, African, or European and roads with vehicles from all around the world. Crossing every block the Capitol swiftly passed by, as further off the Washington Monument stood firmly resembling the wondrous history of the US. It was hard to believe at first that a nation with such greatness and power was struggling with the problem of global economic crisis.
The place where the conference was to be held was at the very center of the capital, the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. Also a place for our accommodation, the 4-diamonded hotel was more of a grand palace, with long, wide corridors and numerous ballrooms, lit by chandeliers in every corner of the building. This grandeur surrounded me throughout the whole conference, highlighting its importance once again.
But, out of all, the heart of the whole affair lay at PECC itself. Distinguished delegates from all around the world Korea, Japan, China, the US, and more was assembled in a place to seek out a solution for issues regarding the global economic crisis, green growth and regional cooperation. At first, the arena was something very new to me, as if I lived in a different world from them. But as delegates and lecturers continued to discuss their way through, I felt myself drawing closer to their world, with curiosity and yearn to know more. Soon, I found myself busy exchanging business cards with delegates, conversing and giving questions to them about world economy. I enjoyed it this was something more than I expected.
I cannot deny, however, that the sessions were harder than enough. More than its contents being hard, some lecturers showed their passion by shooting out words so fast that I could not catch at all, while some others were slow but just hard to understand. But as people say that from pain comes happiness, there were so many things I have learned through these lectures. Especially, by writing down summary notes assigned by the KOPEC, the things we have learned were hard and fast in our brains. Among them included prospects of the Obama administration, global economic imbalance, carbon gas emission, and so on.
The experience that I had in PECC at Washington D.C. was something only few people can obtain. It was a starting moment of many developments and cooperation which leads the future of the global community. The ‘determination’, ‘passion’, and ‘engagement’ of PECC and its distinguished delegates have influenced my life deeply. Now, I am determined that someday I will take part in this moment of beginning, which in the end will change the world.