The BIE welcomes Chad as its 167th State Member
18th june 2013 - Only a few weeks after Benin, Mozambique, New Zealand, Somalia and Turkmenistan joined the BIE, the organization welcomes yet a new State Member: The Republic of Chad.
Since the 1960s, Chad has regularly participated to Expos. With its involvement in Expo Montreal 1967, Expo Hanover 2000, Expo Aichi 2005 and Expo Shanghai 2010, Chad has contributed to the discussion on agricultural innovations and management of natural resources – issues that will be at the heart of Expo Milano 2015 and Expo Astana 2017.
The 153rd session of the BIE General Assembly
13th june 2013 - The 153rd session of the BIE General Assembly took place in Paris on June 11-12th. The delegates of the Member States approved the reports of the four BIE Committees: Administration and Budget Committee, Executive Committee, Rules Committee and Information and Communication Committee.
The BIE delegates approved unanimously, further the proposal of the Executive Committee and the reports of the Enquiry Missions, the candidature project of Izmir 2020 Turkey, the candidature project of Dubai 2020 United Arab Emirates, the candidature project of São Paulo 2020 Brazil and the candidature project of Yekaterinburg 2020 Russia.
The General Assembly also approved unanimously the proposal of the Executive Committee and the Enquiry Mission not to consider the Ayutthaya 2020 Thailand project in accordance with the BIE regulations, to have no support of its government, guarantee required by the organisation.
The competition between Izmir, Dubai, São Paulo and Yekaterinburg began from the second day, with the presentations of the projects of each candidate and with the participation of high-level delegations of every candidate country. It will continue until the vote of the 166 BIE Member States during the next BIE General Assembly.
Besides, this second day of the General Assembly was also dedicated on the examination of the Progress report of the Expo Milano 2015, on the presentation of the International Horticultural Expo Antalya 2016 and on the examination of the Progress report on Expo Astana 2017.
The 154th BIE General Assembly will be held in Paris on November 26th and 27th, 2013.