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Sri Lanka, all set for World Expo 2020 Dubai

Chairperson and Chief Executive, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Ms. Indira Malwatte, as the Commissioner General for Sri Lanka of Expo 2020 Dubai and Executive Director of Bureau of Expo 2020 Dubai, Najeeb Ali sign the participation contract.
Chairperson and Chief Executive, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Ms. Indira Malwatte, as the Commissioner General for Sri Lanka of Expo 2020 Dubai and Executive Director of Bureau of Expo 2020 Dubai, Najeeb Ali sign the participation contract.

Sri Lanka is now an approved participant at the World Expo 2020 Dubai following the signing of the participation contract with the ‘Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau’ recently.The Expo is a mega exposition held in the UAE on the theme ‘Connecting minds, Creating the future’ that welcomes more than 190 participating countries and over 25 millions of visitors from across the world to create, collaborate and innovate to generate a sustainable future. It hosts the world for 173 days starting from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021 and is spread on a land area of 438 hectares close to Dubai city.

The delegation to the UAE to sign the contract was led by Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Nalin Bandara.

Chairperson and Chief Executive, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Ms. Indira Malwatte, as the Commissioner General for Sri Lanka of Expo 2020 Dubai, signed the participation contract on behalf of Sri Lanka with Executive Director of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali. Mrs. Malwatte outlined the comprehensive ground work that has been done so far by the Sri Lankan side in preparation for its participation. She said that Sri Lanka’s pavilion will be organised on a public-private partnership model on the ‘Water’ theme, designed by the students of the Moratuwa University.

She said that throughout the six months of the Expo, Sri Lanka will represent the main sectors highlighted in the National Export Strategy (NES) on the larger theme of ‘Island of Ingenuity’ and there will be events that will be coordinated with the ‘Water’ theme.

On the sidelines of the contract signing ceremony, the delegation visited the Expo site including the Sri Lankan pavilion which is under construction. The delegation also took the opportunity to meet with Expo technical teams to discuss specific activities. Najeeb Ali briefed the delegation on the extent of the progress of the construction and arrangements for hosting Expo Dubai 2020. He further explained that 192 countries have already confirmed participation and it will be the most diverse Expo in the world with dedicated pavilions for each individual country. 

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