Transport Minister claims Izmir has the support of 60 countries as it competes for prestigious event
One of Dubai's main rivals in the race to host the World Expo 2020 claims to have the support of 60 countries and is confident of victory in Wednesday's vote.
Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım made the claim regarding Izmir's candidacy for the prestigious event, Turkish media reported.
Dubai will discover on Wednesday if it has been successful in its bid to host the event. It is competing with Izmir, Sao Paolo in Brazil and Ekaterinburg in Russia.
Turkey said it has already had talks with 97 percent of the 167 members of the Expo organisers, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
“İzmir and Milano competed in 2015, but Milano won with a slight edge. Now there are four bidding cities. We expect İzmir will achieve it,” Yıldırım was quoted as saying.
Yıldırım added that he expected to host around 30 million visitors during the six months if İzmir hosts Expo 2020, with many projects expected to be completed between 2014 and 2020.
Izmir’s theme is “New Routes to a Better World / Health for All.”
“The goal is to show Turkey’s success in improving its health care system over the last 11 years and to show strategies and techniques to other countries that might need support,” Yıldırım said.