Following the announcement at the BIE General Assembly that Rotterdam was considering the possibility to bid for Expo 2025, Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, the Secretary General of the BIE, has been invited to the Dutch city to meet with government officials and the teams of World Expo Rotterdam 2025 Foundation.
During this two-day visit, the Secretary General will visit the city, learn about its history, dynamism and plans for the future. Tomorrow, he will attend a work session with the Expo project teams. He will meet with Mr Jan Peter Balkenende - former Prime Minister and partner at EY chair International Advisory Board Rotterdam, Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb - mayor of the city, Mr. Leendert Bikker - the Executive Director of Rotterdam 2025 , and many more.
Rotterdam 2025's preliminary project focuses on the theme « Changing currents, Deltas in transition » and aims at boosting the transition towards a sustainable circular economy. Starting as a private initiative, the project has found the support of the Rotterdam administration and has become part of its economic development strategy.
According to the BIE rules, Rotterdam will be able to officially submit its candidature dossier in 2016, along with other interested candidates.
For more information on Rotterdam's Expo project, visit the dedicated website.