Over 500 representatives from nearly 180 countries gathered in Dubai on Thursday for an International Participants Meeting (IPM) to hear the plans and progress of Dubai Expo 2020.
The meeting includes updates on site delivery and legacy plans, Expo’s plans to support the participat journey, country pavilion design and delivery, marketing and communications efforts, and panel sessions involving participant nations and Expo’s partners.
The participants were drawn from the countries that have already committed to participating in the expo, and from countries still considering participation. A number of nations attending are expected to publically announce their participation, while those who have already committed will sign formal participation contracts after choosing their theme, budget and pavilion plot.
“The International Participants Meeting is an important step on the road to Expo 2020 Dubai for the countries, companies and organisations that are taking part,” said Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau Director General.
The IPM was organised with the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body of world expos. It is held at regular intervals to update BIE member nations and other countries on the progress and plans of Expo 2020 Dubai. The inaugural meeting was held in 2016.
“Expo 2020 Dubai is already shaping up to be a significant World Expo and we are delighted that countries from across the globe will get a chance to learn about the considerable progress that is being made in all areas, including infrastructure, participation, partnerships and legacy,” said Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of BIE.
“Excitement is globally as we await the first World Expo in MEASA. This exemplifies the importance of World Expos as a platform for sharing ideas and ingenuity,” he added.
The Expo, which will run for six months from October 20, 2020, is expected to attract 25 million visitors, 70 percent of which will come from abroad.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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