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World gives positive reaction to Expo 2020 Dubai postponement

Two thirds of BIE member states voted to postpone the world showcase to 2021 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministers and ambassadors ranging from countries like Armenia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Finland, Egypt, Italy, Malawi, Maldives and Uganda have all shown support for the move and optimism towards the event.

The world has reacted positively to the postponement of what was meant to be the greatest show of the year, Expo 2020 Dubai.

The mega event will now be held in 2021 after a two-thirds majority of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) member states voted to postpone the world showcase in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will now run from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, but the reactions by international and national countries and associations have been largely positive.

Ministers and ambassadors ranging from countries like Armenia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Finland, Egypt, Italy, Malawi, Maldives and Uganda have all shown support for the move and optimism towards the event.

“Our path hasnt changed course; it is just a bit longer," said Sérgio Segóvia, Commissioner General of Brazil at Expo 2020 Dubai. "The World Expo in Dubai will still be an amazing event that brings out the best of our humanity, and Brazil whole heartedly supports the decision to seek a postponement until 2021.”

Juan Pablo Cavelier, Commissioner General of Colombia at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Today, more than ever, the next World Expo represents an opportunity for the world to show the impact of this type of event. We are sure that the outcome of these efforts will result in a more impactful Expo and will better reflect the objectives of the 192 participating countries.”

“Finland is fully committed to participating in and contributing to a successful Expo 2020 Dubai," said Severi Keinälä, Commissioner General of Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai. "We must all work united to overcome the challenges of an imminent one year postponement and to aim for the worlds greatest show next year.”

While Dr. Ahmed Maghawry Diab, Commissioner General of Egypt at Expo 2020 Dubai, added: “Egypt appreciates the efforts undertaken by the UAE Government and the BIE to convene Expo 2020 Dubai. Egypt is committed to a successful event as much as it is committed to all actions taken or to be agreed upon to ensure the safety of all international and domestic visitors.”

The expos commercial partners were also quick to express their commitment to the project.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and chief executive officer, DP World, said the company looks forward to opening its pavilion in 2021, where it will show how "keeping trade flowing will help the world continue to recover from the crisis," while Sergio Maccotta, SVP, Middle East South, SAP, said the impact of Covid-19 shows the world "must collaborate across borders" and that the expo will be a "beacon of hope connecting the world and showcasing the strength and innovation of the human spirit”.

National organisations like the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it will "spare no effort" in directing its partners and members from institutions and companies to be a part of the event, according to its chairman Abdullah Al Muwaiji.

Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, Director-General of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, added that Expo 2020 will "give a strong impetus to the role of the UAE as an impactful power on the global map.”