France’s Commissioner General for the Dubai Expo 2020, Erik Linquier, has announced his support for the decision to postpone the event to October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The France Pavilion, with the support of Compagnie Française des Expositions (Cofrex), the body in charge of organising France’s participation in international and world exhibitions, and its partners, invite visitors to share their renewed ambition in October 2021.
“I recognise this responsible decision, which is the most suitable given the current international health crisis and demonstrates a collective will to keep everyone safe and healthy. Through Cofrex’s actions and with the support from our sponsors, France’s participation will be even more impactful. This extra year will give us the opportunity to further focus on the programme and experience we want to create for our visitors on the France Pavilion.
“It is also our responsibility to contribute to and support post-crisis efforts to reboot the French economy,” said Linquier.
The postponement will give France the opportunity to reinvent its Pavilion to better suit today’s global challenge of innovative, eco-friendly and user-oriented mobility solutions, Linquier said.
The decision to postpone the event, supported by France and by more than two-third of BIE’s Member States, aims to ensure that the millions of visitors expected at Expo can enjoy the event in the best of conditions.
The goal of a World Expo is to raise awareness and work towards solving the greatest challenges we face today. Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” is now more important than ever. All nations will come together for six months to brainstorm, pitch and implement concrete solutions to serve humankind.