17 days before the opening of Yeosu Expo, the organizers informed the committee that 105 countries and 10 international organizations would participate the event and the construction of facilities has been completed this week.
Three final operation rehearsals have been scheduled on April 28th, May 2nd and May 5th to simulate and predict possible problems that could happen after the opening of May 12th.
During the 93-day Expo period, Yeosu will also present 45 forums and symposiums on the theme "Living Oceans and Coasts", as well as more than 400 cultural performances to entertain visitors.
About 90,000 tickets have already been sold, said Bae Young Ham, the Third Vice Secretary General of the Organizing Committee, during the meeting. The event intends to attract more than 8 million visitors.
In Milan, the preparation for the World Expo 2015 is also progressing smoothly. More than 80 countries and international organizations officially confirmed participation of the event under the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".
The organizers hope to reach 100 before the opening of the Second International Participation Meeting in Milan this October and 110 by the end of 2012.
The six-month Expo Milano 2015 is anticipating about 20 million visitors, in which 30% coming from outside Italy.
The delegation from Floriade 2012 presented the report after the opening of the event on April 6th in Venlo, Netherland.
The delegation from Horticultural Expo Antalya 2016 also reported its preparation progress to the committee.
The committee examined the reports of the Inquiry Missions of Expo 2017 candidates, which are Liege from Belgium and Astana from Kazakhstan. The reports will be submitted to the General Assembly which will take place in June.
The committee also agreed to propose to the General Assembly to register October 31 in the United Nations as "World Better Cities Day" according to the request of Expo Shanghai 2010 organizers.
During the meeting, delegates of the committee also elected Mr. Ogawa, delegate of Japan delegation, to be the vice president of committee.