Since its first Expo participation in an International Exhibition at World Expo 1867 in Paris, El Salvador has participated actively in World and Specialised Expos. The country joined the BIE for the first time from 1982 to 1987 and then again from 1997. Its participation has been rewarded on several occasions, receiving a Silver Award at Specialised Expo 2012 Yeosu and a Gold Award at World Expo 2020 Dubai, both for theme interpretation.