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    The Government of France has formally notified the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) that it is withdrawing its bid to host World Expo 2025 in Greater Paris. In a letter dated 4 February, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe informed BIE Secretary General Vicente G. Loscertales of the Government’s decision to not proceed with the candidature process, stating: “the economic model proposed in the project does not offer the necessary guarantees to rule out any financial risk for the French taxpayer.” The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales indicated: “the BIE takes note of the French Government’s decision to withdraw READ MORE
  • The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has published the 2017 edition of its annual Bulletin, this year entitled “Sustainable Innovation and Legacies in Expos of the 21st Century: A World in Common”. The BIE Bulletin is an annual publication focusing on a specific theme or issue arising from Expos, featuring articles written by internationally renowned experts. The 2017 edition includes contributions from key figures in the organisation of 21st century Expos as well as from leading urban planners and architects, illustrating the many ways in which Expos contribute to sustainability and innovation. Drawing on real examples from recent Expos and READ MORE
    • Expo 2025
    The Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes, is carrying out a working visit to Azerbaijan to discuss the bid project to organise World Expo 2025 in Baku.   The purpose of the visit is for authorities in Azerbaijan to build on their bid project and to prepare for the Enquiry Mission, a formal visit of a BIE delegation in early 2018. Representatives of the Expo 2025 Baku’s Bid Committee took this opportunity to present key aspects of the bid dossier, which was submitted to the BIE in September 2017. In Baku, Mr. Kerkentzes discussed READ MORE
    • Expo 2025
    Japan (Osaka), Russia (Ekaterinburg), Azerbaijan (Baku) and France (Greater Paris) each presented a more detailed idea of their projects for World Expo 2025 during the 162nd General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on 15 November. These presentations to delegates of BIE Member States were the first ones since candidates submitted their bid dossiers, detailing the full Expo project, in late September 2017. In early 2018, BIE Enquiry Missions will be carried out in each candidate country to assess each bid individually. Candidates will have the chance to present again to delegates in June 2018 and in November READ MORE
    • Expo 2025
    The Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes, is conducting a working visit to Japan to discuss the bid project to organise World Expo 2025 in Osaka. The purpose of the visit is for national and local authorities in Japan to build on their bid project and to prepare for the Enquiry Mission, a formal visit of a BIE delegation in early 2018. Representatives of the Expo bid committee are taking this opportunity to present key aspects of the bid dossier, which was submitted to the BIE in September 2017. In Tokyo on 4-5 December, READ MORE
  • The city of Busan, in the Republic of Korea, held today, 28 November, a Fourth International Conference on a project to bid for the organisation of World Expo 2030. The conference gathers 300 experts from across the country and from further afield with the aim of further developing the potential Expo bid. The port city has been planning a bid since 2015, when the “Citizens Committee for the World Expo” was established. According to the rules of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the earliest a country can submit a bid for a World Expo is nine years before the READ MORE
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