At the 153rd General Assembly of the International Expositions Bureau held last week in Paris, representatives from Yekaterinburg presented the city's bid to host the 2020 World Expo.
Yekaterinburg's concept for the upcoming exhibition is entitled relates to the impact of globalization on the modern world. During its presentation, the team behind Yekaterinburg's bid emphasized that Russia is uniquely positioned to offer visitors both positive and negative observations of global industrialization, Russia Behind the Headlines
"We have already built a reputation as a country well suited to host major international events," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said during the presentation, according to Russia Behind the Headlines
. "Situated on the border between Asia and Europe, Yekaterinburg brings together a diverse mixture of cultural traditions, which aptly reflects the very spirit of world fairs."
Russian President Valdimir Putin vowed during a televised statement to earmark the required funds to build an exhibition complex large enough to receive the estimated 30 million visitors from more than 150 countries.
The International Expositions Bureau is expected to announce the host of World Expo 2020 in November, Russia Behind the Headlines