Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Russia submits bid to host EXPO 2020 in Yekaterinburg

Russia has put in a bid to host the EXPO International fair in Yekaterinburg in 2020, submitting its proposal to the Bureau of International Expositions headquarters in Paris.

BIE Secretary General Vincente Gonzalez Loscertales accepted the bid, according to Interfax.

The chair of the EXPO 2020 Organizing Committee, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, congratulated the bidding committee and confirmed that all obligations will be fulfilled on schedule.

"This bid is of priority importance for Russia. Due to a unique combination of an eventful history, and an intensive business, cultural and scientific life, Yekaterinburg has become a symbol of a new and open Russia, which can accord a due welcome to this important international event," Dvorkovich said, according to Interfax.

Bidding Committee General Director Erik Bugulov said the bid has been in the making all year and has been a project pursued on by federal, regional and local governments as well as by public organizations and businessmen.

"Russia can guarantee a top-level reception and we now have to convince the BIE's inspection commission that it is really so. It will arrive in the first quarter of 2013 and assess the city's capabilities," Bugulov said, Interfax reports.