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Expo 2020 Dubai postponed

Expo 2020 Dubai after a two-thirds majority of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Member States voted in favor of postponing the next World Expo by one year. This global mega event will now run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the UAE began to rise and global travel ground to a halt, the Expo organizers on the ground in Dubai, along with UAE government officials, proposed a postponement to the BIE, the governing body of World Expo.

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board, as the Responsible National Authority (RNA) for organizing Sri Lanka’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, under the guidance of the Ministry of Industrial Export & Investment Promotion and in consultation with the relevant stakeholder government and private sector institutions, has decided to vote in favour of the postponement.

Sri Lanka is anticipating participating in the event with novel strategies to overcome the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic to the country, promote the country’s tourism, exports and investments while enhancing the country’s brand value and image globally.

Expo 2020 was expected to attract 25 million guests from around the world and 192 nations participating in the event. The postponement of the event allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19, and allows the World Expo to focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.

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