Pakistan has formally announced its participation in Expo 2020, by signing a participation contract in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The contract was signed by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE, Moazzam Ahmad Khan, and Sultan Mohammad Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
With the signing of the contract, construction activities will be started formally for construction of Pakistan Pavilion at the Expo 2020 site. It will be built on a large plot in the Opportunity District, and be based on the theme ‘Emerging Pakistan’.
Abdul Razak Dawood, the adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, Industry & Production and Investment, stated that they look forward to making its participation most meaningful, in line with the expo’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ Gulf News reported.
He said Expo 2020 is not only a UAE-specific event but is an exposition for the whole region.
“We have already started the design phase of the Pakistan Pavilion, reflecting the true potential of Pakistan,” he added.
“The prime minister has constituted a high-level steering committee, with representation from private and public sector stakeholders for effective participation,” the advisor added.
Expo 2020 Dubai will be held 20th Oct 2020 to 10 Apr 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Khaleej Times quoted Kamran Khan, commercial secretary at the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, as telling the newspaper that ‘Emerging Pakistan’ has been proposed as the pavilion’s theme. He added the country will promote investment opportunities, tourism potential, important export segments, sustainability, digital economy and e-governance.
“A special section for women and tech entrepreneurs and prominent Pakistanis who have succeeded in different segments of social and educational life will also be exhibited at the pavilion,” Khan said during a presentation about the Expo 2020.
“Pakistan pavilion is in the general area outside the three thematic districts, therefore, we can choose an overarching theme covering all three sub-themes of Expo 2020,” he added.
Pakistan has opted for a large plot measuring 3,449.9 square metres. It was allocated in August 2018 near the Opportunity Pavilion.
“The organisers have focused not only on the event but also on a meaningful legacy. There is a possibility that the Pakistan Pavilion would be retained as Pakistan Centre in the legacy phase,” Khan told during the briefing as per the newspaper report.
The official said the pavilion is currently in the design stage and urged Pakistani companies to register to bid for Expo 2020 projects. There are around 13,000-plus companies registered, including 131 Pakistani companies.