Yekaterinburg holds meeting to discuss 2020 World Expo preparations
In attendance were State Duma Deputy Mikhail Banshchikov, Yekaterinburg City Duma Chairman Eugene Porunov, Yekaterinburg Head of Administration Alexander Jacob, as well as representatives from the neighboring municipalities of Ivanovo, Kaluga, Kostroma, Magadan, Naryan-Mar, Ryazan, Khabarovsk and Yakutsk.
Chairman Eugene noted the dramatic growth of Yekaterinburg's economy over the past year, a primary factor in the Russian government's endorsement of the Ural capital's bid to host the international event.
Sergei Tushin, deputy head of Yekaterinburg's administration, reported the development potential of the city in preparation to host the 2020 fair. Infrastructural enhancement plans include a rail system for public transportation along the city, the construction of nearly 500 acres of housing and the creation of 50,000 new jobs in the city. Tushin plans for these infrastructural projects to be permanent-- existing after the close of the exposition.
If selected to host the fair, Yekaterinburg will host nearly 13 million foreign visitors from approximately 150 countries. Other contenders for the 2020 World Expo include the United Arab Emirates' Dubai, Turkey's Izmir, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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