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Expo 2022/23: Minneapolis welcomes BIE Enquiry Mission

As part of the bidding process for the organisation of Specialised Expo 2022/23, an Enquiry Mission from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has arrived in Minneapolis. The delegation will assess the bid submitted by the United States of America to organise a Specialised Expo in the city between 15 May and 15 August 2023. It is the first of three such Enquiry Missions, the other two taking place in the next month in the other two candidate countries, Poland and Argentina.

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The Enquiry Mission arrived in Minneapolis on Sunday, 19 March. Members of the Mission will visit the proposed Expo site, receive detailed presentations of the bid project, and will meet and exchange with local officials, lawmakers, the business community and members of civil society. Members of the Enquiry Mission will then travel to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, 22 March to meet with representatives of the United States Government.

The BIE delegation includes the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales and Ambassador Jai-chul Choi, Delegate of the Republic of Korea to the BIE and Chairman of the Executive Committee, who chairs the Enquiry Mission.

The task of the Enquiry Mission is to assess and validate the feasibility and viability of the Expo project, a necessary step for the candidature to go further in the selection process. This evaluation will ascertain the United States’ proposals for Expo 2022/23 following the recent submission of its bid dossier.

The bid dossier outlines the candidate’s vision for the Expo and identifies the theme of the proposed Expo in Minnesota as “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All”, a concept that reflects Minnesota’s position as a centre for healthcare and the reputation of the Upper Midwest as one of the healthiest regions in the United States. The proposed Expo would take place on a site near the University of Minnesota, in the centre of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan region, between 15 May and 15 August 2023. The bid committee forecasts that 12 million visitors would visit the Expo over the three-month period.

Using the bid dossier as a guide, the Enquiry Mission will notably assess the motivations behind the Expo bid, the attractiveness of the proposed Expo theme, the proposed site and its planned re-use after the Expo, levels of local and national support for the project, expected participation, and the financial feasibility plan.