The world unites in support of “Expo 2020 Dubai”

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International participants from all over the world and official business partners expressed their full support and solidarity with “Expo 2020 Dubai”, and with a proposal to discuss the possibility of postponing the international event due to the current global health crisis.
In light of the increasing impact of the spread of the emerging epidemic of Corona virus (Covid-19) on public health, society and the economy in the world, many countries have expressed the need to postpone the opening of the “Expo 2020 Dubai” year, while focusing their efforts on addressing the global crisis.
The members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Steering Committee, which includes representatives of the senior leadership of Expo 2020 and the International Exhibitions Bureau, as well as representatives of participating countries, agreed to discuss the options available with the International Exhibitions Bureau, which is the intergovernmental body overseeing the Expo International, to postpone the event for a year, while stressing the solidarity of “Expo 2020 Dubai” with the international community.
Shri Bidiot Bihari Swain, Undersecretary of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Commissioner-General of India at Expo 2020, said: As we look to review the best that India and the rest of the world has to offer in Expo 2020, our shared values ​​as global citizens bear the responsibility to prioritize global public health protection, as The most urgent needs of the world at the present time .. And when the time is right, which we trust will happen soon, we will all gather to celebrate in an atmosphere of renewed optimism and hope, and in a spirit of international cooperation for the future. For the time being, we confirm our determination to work together to end this epidemic as soon as possible.
Dr. Ahmed Maghawry Diab, Commissioner-General of the Arab Republic of Egypt at “Expo 2020 Dubai” said: Egypt appreciates the efforts made by the government of the UAE and the International Exhibitions Bureau to organize Expo 2020 Dubai, and we also commend their efforts to meet the needs and demands of all participants. Egypt is committed to the success of this event insofar as it is committed to all measures taken or to be agreed upon to ensure the safety of all international and domestic visitors.
“Our course has not changed, but has only become a little longer,” said Expo Dubai, the Commissioner General of Brazil at “Expo 2020 Dubai”, and Brazil will support with all its heart the decision to seek postponement until 2021.
In turn, Juan Pablo Cavalier, Commissioner-General of Colombia at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: We applaud the idea of ​​the International Bureau of Exhibitions and the organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai regarding considering new dates for Expo events today, more than ever, representing the “International Expo” Next is an opportunity for the world to show the impact of an event like this. We are confident that the outcome of these efforts will result in a more influential “Expo”, and will better reflect the goals of the 192 participating countries.
For his part, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of Dubai Ports World Group said: DP World is working firmly to maintain the flow of trade around the world during this crisis, in order to ensure the continuity of the countries in which we work in food, medicine and other vital commodities. . We do this by giving the highest priority to the health and safety of our people and our societies. We support the proposal to postpone the “Expo 2020 Dubai”, and we look forward at the DP World to the opening of our booth in 2021, where we will show how the continued flow of trade will help the world recover from the crisis.
For his part, Sergio Makota, Senior Vice President for the Middle East in SAP, said: SAP expresses its support for Expo 2020 Dubai and its steering committee to discuss options available with the International Exhibitions Bureau in order to postpone The international event for a year, and ensuring the health and well-being of millions of expected visitors and participants, SAP remains firmly committed as an Expo 2020 Dubai partner for innovative software solutions from the category of official first partner, and we will continue our common innovations to provide customized experiences for the most wonderful event in the world.
Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East said: This decision also reflects the sense of global citizenship that Expo 2020 Dubai embodies. This proposed delay will be seen as an opportunity for all partners to come back together stronger than before, and provide a world-class experience that allows Millions of visitors celebrate it in the true meaning of safety, security and friendship, which the UAE has always been proud of.
For its part, said «Siemens», partner of “Expo 2020 Dubai” for infrastructure and smart operations from the category of official first partner: We express our full support to the steering committee of “Expo 2020 Dubai” in its discussion of the possibility of postponing the event, as it is the right decision to ensure the safety of workers on the project And their well-being, which means giving the whole world a chance to gather when the event opens. We will continue to work to create one of the smartest cities in the world, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021.
Eugene Williamson, CEO of PepsiCo in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, an Expo 2020 Dubai partner for drinks and snacks from the official first partner category, said: “In light of the tragic circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, we understand and support the decision of the organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai” And its steering committee to consider postponing this international event. We remain firmly committed to Expo 2020 Dubai, and we look forward to contributing to the implementation of an exceptional international event at the appropriate time .. And we at PepsiCo understand that now more than ever we need to focus on the basic human values ​​that unite us in Various countries of the world.
The International Bureau of Exhibitions will now work with member states and organizers of the “Expo 2020 Dubai” to determine the new dates, and the General Assembly of the International Exhibition Office alone has the right to take the final decision on the postponement, which requires a vote of the member states in the International Exhibitions Bureau by a two-thirds majority.
This came after discussions that continued over a period of weeks, internally and in consultation with the main parties concerned in the United Arab Emirates and the world, to discuss the impact of «Covid-19» on the plans and equipment of “Expo 2020 Dubai”.
“Expo 2020 Dubai” is firmly committed to its endeavor to organize an “International Expo” that faithfully embodies the purpose for which it was established, which is to be an international forum to address common challenges and seek solutions to those challenges in a spirit of international cooperation and solidarity. More than ever, the world needs such an event, which will bring together 192 countries, to work for a better future.

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