Monday, December 18, 2017

Vice-Premier Arkady Dvorkovich presents Russian bid in Paris for 2020 Exposition

Russian Vice-Premier Arkady Dvorkovich presented a bid to the International Bureau of Exhibitions on November 22 for Yekaterinburg to be named host city of Expo 2020.

Yekaterinburg presented fifth after Ayutthaya,Thailand; Izmir, Turkey; Dubai, UAE; and São Paulo, Brazil, at the 152nd session of the General Assembly of the International Bureau of Exhibitions in Paris. Each city had 20 minutes to present its case to the assembly as to why it should host the international exposition, which occurs every five years, Voice of Russia reports.

Dvorkovich said that his strategy for convincing the assembly to select Yekaterinburg was to be "honest and open. That's how we won our bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 FIFA World Cup", according to Voice of Russia.

Each representative presented a theme or motto to the assembly, embodying the qualities of their respective region. Russia's theme is "global mind that is universal communication and surpassing time and distance." The motto was originally conceived when Yekaterinburg delivered internet-equipped laptops to remote regions of Panama, Mongolia and Indonesia.