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Tue 14 Jul 2020 09:58 AM

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Video: Patrick Vercauteren Drubbel on Expo 2020's 'Smart and Green Belgium 2050'

In the twelfth episode of Construction Week's Expo Reaction series, Ranju Warrier speaks to Patrick Vercauteren Drubbel, the commissioner general of Belgium at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Vercauteren Drubbel talks at-length about the one-year postponement of the World Expo, construction activities at the pavilion, changes in budget, health and safety initiatives, and adopting sustainability.

Like many of the participating nations, Belgium has supported Expo 2020 Dubai’s decision for a year-long postponement, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on global public, social, and economic health.

Vercauteren Drubbel says that the decision to postpone the World Expo was very “progressive”.

“We collectively agreed that the situation became infinitely complex and that there remained no alternative, but to postpone."

The commissioner general explains: “We are now attempting to procure new additional costs at a lower price, and obtain extra budget.”

For more insights on how Belgium is tackling the delays caused due to the COVID-19 outbreak and more, watch the full video.

(Source: Construction Week YouTube channel)