In supporting this decision, Italy confirmed at the meeting its intention to fully meet the objectives defined for the country’s participation in the forthcoming edition of the Expo, in accordance with the commitments undertaken with the Government of the United Arab Emirates, by working in close cooperation with the organisers and its international partners.
EXPO 2020 Dubai, the Universal Exhibition that follows the Milan Expo of 2015, will be postponed by one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will start on 1st October 2021 and end on 31st March 2022.
The Bureau International des Expositions, the intergovernmental body that governs Universal Exhibitions, announced that the member countries ratified the decision by reaching the two-thirds supermajority required for the postponement, which was requested last month by the Government of the United Arab Emirates. The voting process will nonetheless continue until 29th May.
“EXPO Dubai,” declared the Commissioner General for Italy’s participation, Paolo Glisenti, “has now become, in the wake of the health emergency, the first opportunity for relaunching Italy’s productive system in the form of exports, tourism, science, art and culture, thanks to the biggest event ever organised on the international stage, with over 190 participants. In a project that will seek to strengthen the social and civil fabric of the local territories, the Regions will feature prominently: they will play a crucial role at Expo Dubai in an integrated communication plan, in the promotion of ‘B2B’ relations for small- and medium-sized territorial operators and in the creation of events with international players of the tourism sector”.
“The new communication for the promotion of ‘Made in Italy’, the e-commerce strategy of businesses and the digitalisation of the production chains for the relaunching of exports and the attraction of fresh foreign investments towards Italy, the training processes of the new management engaged in post-Covid-19 relaunch projects, the promotion of our cultural excellences and artistic talents, as well as the promotion of our scientific and university networks, which are currently involved in international projects focusing on health, safety and sustainability, will have in Expo Dubai an ideal and truly universal ‘platform’ for enhancing visibility and collaboration,” summed up the Commissioner General.
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