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Lithuania intends to participate in the World EXPO 2020 in Dubai

2017-11-30

Today the Government has resolved that Lithuania will participate in the World EXPO 2020 and commissioned the Ministry of Environment, in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Economy, to organise the presentation of our country at this exclusive event.

EXPO 2020 will be held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s financial, logistics and state-of-the-art technology hubs. It will continue for a six month period – from 20 October2020 until 20 April 2021. The main theme of this exhibition is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. The plans are to attract around 25 million of visitors.

All the states which will participate in the World EXPO for the first time will have separate pavilions in Dubai. In the spring of 2018, they will be allocated land plots, and they have to construct pavilions by October 2019. Lithuania will receive a 12–15 ares land plot, and the construction, equipment and participation of the pavilion at the Exhibition will cost around EUR 6.5million.

Upon the adoption of the resolution of the Government that Lithuania will be a participant at EXPO 2020, the Ministry of Environment will be able to sign the participation agreement, to take over the land plot intended for the construction of the pavilion, and to organise an architectural design tender as well as to prepare and coordinate the required technical documentation.

Our country has already participated in several World EXPO exhibitions, and its participation has always been justified. The hopes are that Lithuania’s presentation in the United Arab Emirates, where new opportunities are open for our businesses, particularly after the last visit of our President Dalia Grybauskaitė, will be successful and beneficial in all respects.

The United Arab Emirates, which were granted the right to organise the EXPO 2020 four years ago, sent official invitations to the Governments of all the states in the world, including Lithuania, at the beginning of the last year. The first state to respond and officially confirm that it will take place in the Exhibition was Switzerland, and currently more than 150 states around the world have confirmed their participation.

Public Relations Division
30 November 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas