The delegation of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has completed the one-week investigation and assessment, from March 26 to 30, 2012, of the candidature of Liege, Belgium, for the International Expo 2017.
The main objective of the mission is to determine the viability and feasibility of the Expo project and to ensure its conformity with the BIE rules and regulations.
A crucial part for all candidates bidding for an Expo, the enquiry mission is also to assess the political and social climate in the candidate country and city that would ensure necessary support for the Expo project.
The program of the mission consists of a series of meetings with the Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, the King of the country His Majesty Albert II, as well as federal, regional, provincial and local authorities, representatives of political parties, representatives of the civil society, academia, and economic actors.
Mr. Steen Christensen, Chairperson of the Executive Committee and mission leader, H. E. Amb. Carl Roberts, Delegate of Antigua and Barbuda, Ms. Nina Abouna, Delegate of Gabon, and Mr. Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE, took part in the enquiry mission.
The delegation heard the presentations on the 14 chapters that make up the candidature dossier, including the theme, anticipated visitors, master plan, communication plans, city and regional touristic attractions, financial support and post-Expo plans, etc.
The result report of the mission will be submitted next month to the Executive Committee of the BIE for review, which then forwards the report with advice to the General Assembly. The General Assembly decides which proposals the BIE will be submitted for vote. The report forms the basis of evaluation by the BIE Member States.
The other candidate for the Expo 2017 is the city of Astana, Kazakhstan, who has already received an enquiry mission in March. The country to host Expo 2017 will be selected through a vote by the BIE Member States in November 2012 at the General Assembly.