Cities bidding to host EXPO 2020 will meet in Yekaterinburg
Per the rules of the exposition presenter International Exhibitions Bureau, each city vying for EXPO's hosting duties must arrange a forum for the competing cities. While the venue for the forum has not yet been determined, Kuivashev said that the forum will occur in the second half of 2013, according to Itar-Tass.
Prior to the forum, members of Yekaterinburg's bid committee will present their case for hosting EXPO 2020 at a June session of the International Exhibitions Bureau. Since announcing its capacity to house the event, bid organizers have been busy promoting the theme of "The Global Mind: The Future of Globalization and Its Impact on Our World."
At the end of 2012, Yekaterinburg representatives submitted a bid packet to to the International Exhibitions Bureau's headquarters in Paris. The packet, a three-volume book, offers information about Russia, the Urals region and plans for construction projects Yekaterinburg will undertake should it be selected to host the 2020 event. Construction projects include several pavilions, Expo City, Expo Village, residential complexes to house participants, a leisure facility, a museum and an EXPO arena, Itar-Tass reports.
If selected as EXPO 2020's host, Yekaterinburg will welcome approximately 150 countries to its exhibition and will mark the first time the event is held in Russia.
In March, representatives from the International Exhibitions Bureau will visit Yekaterinburg to investigate the feasibility of plans laid forth in the city's bid packet.
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