MINSK, 3 May (BelTA) – Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko presided over a meeting of the organizing committee to prepare the national pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, BelTA has learned.
“The World Expo is one of the world's largest exhibition events where participating countries present their latest inventions and technologies, the most progressive achievements and also their history, culture and traditions. At Expo 2020, our country will put together a national pavilion with an area of more than 1,400m2," Igor Petrishenko said.
The pavilion will be themed around "Forest of Future Technologies”. The pavilion will run several zones: an interactive corridor, export.by zone, innovestment zone, Door to Belarus, tourism and sport zone, a gift shop and a fun zone. Each of these zones will present detailed information about Belarus.
The main focus will be on the business zone featuring Belarusian enterprises from different sectors of the economy (oil, engineering, education, science, etc.). It will also showcase the latest IT developments in medicine, agriculture and education.
"In order to make the Belarusian pavilion as memorable as possible, we will use the latest technologies: interactive walls, VR goggles, holographic images. We have also prepared video materials about the unique Belarusian culture, the country's natural resources and cultural heritage,” the prime minister pointed out.
Apart from business events, plans are in place to hold the national day of Belarus (on 22 November 2021) featuring Belarus' high-ranking officials. There are also plans to organize a Belarusian investment forum, days of tourism and science, and days of Belarusian regions and the city of Minsk featuring performances of famous Belarusian artists.
Belarusian First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aleksandr Guryanov told journalists about the preparations for Expo 2020. “Due to the epidemiological situation in the world, the expo has been postponed for almost a year. In view of this, we adjusted our preparation plans. The construction of the Belarusian pavilion is almost over. We have recently been to Dubai to take stock of the progress. The Belarusian pavilion is one of the few pavilions that are nearing completion. Work is currently underway on the interiors, multimedia content of the pavilion,” he noted.
The World Expo has been held every five years since 1851. Expo 2020 will be hosted by Dubai and will be the first world expo held in the region of Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. The event will be running from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The motto of the upcoming edition is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. So far, 192 countries have confirmed their participation in Expo 2020. The event is expected to draw 25 million visitors, with 70% of them not from the UAE.