The Commissioner’s General’s Office of the government coordinates and organises Italy’s presence at the Dubai 2020 Universal Exhibition. It is responsible for managing, in Italy and abroad, the initiatives and resources linked to Italy’s participation, as well as all the scientific, cultural and artistic initiatives to support the aims of the event.

To this end and in order to comply with the international obligations envisaged under the 1928 Convention as well as to manage all those Italian entities and individuals wishing to take part in the project, Paolo Glisenti was appointed by way of the DPCM (Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers) of 30 November 2017 as Italy’s Commissioner General of Section for Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Commissioner General’s first deed on 19 January was to sign Italy’s participation contract for EXPO 2020 Dubai. A particularly important factor covered under the contract was the design and subsequent construction of the Italian pavilion on a plot measuring roughly 3,500 square metres, situated near the pavilions of the United Arab Emirates, Germany, India, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

With the DPCM dated 29 March 2018, the Commissioner General’s Office of Section for Italy’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai was set up. In addition to the Commissioner General himself, the Office will also include an Adjunct Commissioner General of Section to assist the Commissioner in undertaking his duties, and Mr Andrea Marin, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to act as Administrative Director.

As envisaged in Law no. 314 of 3 June 1978 (amending Royal Decree no. 24 of 13 January 1931 which ratified the 1928 Paris Convention) and due to the fact that the Commissioners General of Section are entrusted with the task of representing their governments for the purposes of the exhibition before the host government (and are therefore regarded as government commissioners), the Commissioner is vested with financial, organisational, accounting and management autonomy and is also entitled to avail himself of the compulsory assistance of the State Legal-Advisory Service.