By Tahani Karrar
Contracts pave the way to start pavilion building in 2018
Twenty-nine countries signed official participation contracts at the International Participants Meeting (IPM) of Expo 2020 Dubai, according to organisers.
The signatories include: Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Grenada, Guinea, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Oman, Nauru, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Soloman Islands, Somalia, Switzerland, Togo, Tuvalu, and Yemen.
“I am delighted that our 2020 World Expo family has grown, with 15 additional countries publicly announcing their participation and a further 29 signing contracts of participation,” said UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau Director General Reem Al Hashimy.
The official participation contract is the next stage on the road to Expo 2020 Dubai for national participants. It is signed by a country once details such as the size and location of the plot for their national pavilion and their theme have been agreed with Expo 2020 Dubai.
The Expo runs for six months from 20 October 2020 and is expected to attract 25 million visits, with 70 percent coming from outside of the UAE, an unprecedented proportion in the 166-year history of World Expos.