U.S. Signals Intent to Participate in Expo 2020 DubaiOctober 19, 2017
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has formally signaled the U.S. government’s intent to participate at Expo 2020 Dubai. A letter signed by Secretary Tillerson was delivered by U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E. Barbara A. Leaf to Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, U.A.E. Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, during the Bureau International Des Expositions’ International Participants Meeting taking place in Dubai this week. Ambassador Leaf expressed her appreciation to Her Excellency for the invitation to participate.
The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf, U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E., presents Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, U.A.E. Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, with a letter from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
By law, the U.S. Department of State is not permitted to use public funds for international expositions. A process has therefore been undertaken to identify a suitable non-U.S. government partner whose responsibility it will be to establish a U.S. pavilion and manage its operations. Once that partner is found, a final commitment will be made by the U.S. government to participate in Expo 2020.
Expo 2020 will organize and be held in Dubai around the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” Expo 2020 intends to highlight the U.A.E.’s national Golden Jubilee by underscoring the country’s leading role as a global hub for commerce, culture, and diplomacy in the 21st century.
The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council applauds this important step and looks forward to collaborating with the Department of State on this project.
More information about Expo 2020 Dubai can be found here.