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Sri Lanka 'storming ahead' on Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion plans

Sri Lanka's pavilion will be branded under the theme of the 'Island of Ingenuity'

Sri Lanka 'storming ahead' on Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion plans

The Sri Lankan pavilion will be cover a plot size of 212 square metres and is being designed by students of the Department of Integrated Design of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Moratuwa.

The Sri Lankan government has confirmed that while work on the construction of the country’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai had been delayed in getting started, it’s plans were now “storming ahead”, according to a media report citing a senior government minister.

According to an article by the Daily FT website in Sri Lanka, the project is being managed by two government agencies, the Export Development Board (EDB) and Sri Lanka Tourism.

“We are confident that participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will contribute significantly in achieving the set targets and growth of the tourism sector, while also stimulating the development of the innovative export sector and investments,” Investment Promotion and Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga was quoted as saying.

The minister admitted that there had been a slight delay in the start of work on the project but the article said work was “now storming ahead, ensuring the effective implementation of the project”.

The project is the first time a World Expo pavilion has been promoted as a government initiative and will be funded as a private-public partnership.

Sri Lanka signed up to Expo 2020 Dubai in July last year. The Sri Lankan pavilion will be cover a plot size of 212 square metres and is being designed by students of the Department of Integrated Design of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Moratuwa.

The cost of the pavilion has been estimated at 600 million Sri Lankan rupees ($3.3m).

The Sri Lankan pavilion will be part of the ‘Opportunity’ themed area, will be inspired by the pristine waters off the coast of the country and will be branded as the ‘Island of Ingenuity’.

Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021 and it is estimated the event will attract 25 million visits, with around 70 percent coming from overseas.

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