Nigerian Ambassador to the UAE says mega event is 'unmissable opportunity' for country
The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria, has announced it will join the UAE’s Expo 2020 Dubai.
The country’s participation was confirmed in a letter delivered by Mohammed Dansanta Rimi, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the UAE, to Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “People and innovation are at the heart of World Expos, which is why we are delighted to welcome Nigeria as the latest country to formally announce its participation at Expo 2020 Dubai.
“Expo 2020 will be the first World Expo to be held in the developing world, and will be for the developing world, so we look forward to working with Nigeria and other confirmed African countries on our journey to 2020.”
Rimi added: “Expo 2020 Dubai will be an unmissable opportunity for Nigeria to showcase the hard work we are doing to ensure economic growth and progress for our country in both the short and long term.
“We want to show the world how we are working to improve the lives of our youth and people, while opening up our economy and encouraging foreign investment – and Expo will be the ideal platform for us to do so.”
Nigeria and the UAE already share strong bilateral relations, with non-oil trade between the two countries amounting to $1.3 billion in 2016.
More than 150 countries have already confirmed their participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, including the majority of African nations.
Each participating country will have its own pavilion as part of Expo 2020 Dubai’s one nation, one pavilion policy – making Expo 2020 the first World Expo in history where every country will have its own pavilion.
Expo 2020 Dubai will run for six months from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021 and is expected to record 25 million visits, with 70 percent anticipated to come from outside the UAE.
More than 180 countries are expected to take part, with further national participation announcements expected in the coming months.