Presentation of Baku’s World Expo 2025 Candidacy at the OIC Headquarters
A presentation on Baku’s bid to host the World Expo in 2025 was held at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 21.
The event was attended by the Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Head of the World Expo 2025 Baku Taskforce, Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov, Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Jeddah, Permanent Representatives to the OIC, high-ranking officials of the OIC Secretariat, and other guests.
Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative to the OIC, Ambassador Rasim Rzayev spoke about the developing relations between Azerbaijan and the OIC. Ambassador Rzayev emphasized President Ilham Aliyev's declaration of 2017 as the Year of Islamic Solidarity in Azerbaijan during the speech, and spoke about the measures taken in this regard.
Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Head of the World Expo 2025 Baku Taskforce, Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov delivered a keynote address on Baku’s candidacy to host the World Expo in 2025 and the work that needs to be done in this area. Ambassador Amirbayov noted that Baku’s bid to host the World Expo 2025 was kicked off in May 2017 with H.E. the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev sending a corresponding letter to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
Ambassador Amirbayov briefed the guests on the work done by the Working Group and Operations Secretariat both in Baku and Paris, created under the chairmanship of the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Samir Sharifov.
He emphasised that the Theme of Azerbaijan’s candidacy, ‘Developing Human Capital, Building a Better Future’ is of universal concern and in harmony with the International Development agenda, particularly with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. World Expo 2025 Baku would be a universal platform for discussing global issues on the International Development agenda, and the traditional geography of the International Exposition could be further expanded by hosting it in Baku, said Ambassador Amirbayov.
The intent to host the World Expo 2025 is rooted in the country’s National Development strategy. By hosting the World Expo, Azerbaijan would further boost her own Human Capital, due to the investments in the economy, education, health, and business sectors. World Expo 2025 would also have a positive impact on Azerbaijan’s rapidly developing tourism industry.
Addressing the Representatives to the OIC, Ambassador Amirbayov called on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member States to support Azerbaijan’s candidacy to host the Expo.
During the visit Ambassador Amirbayov has also met with the Assistant Secretary General of the OIC, H.E. Ambassador Hameed A. Opeloyeru to discuss the World Expo 2025 Baku bid.
World Expo 2025 Baku Diplomatic Briefing at the Heydar Aliyev Center
On Thursday, 14 December 2017, World Expo 2025 Baku hosted a briefing for the entire Diplomatic Corps accredited in Azerbaijan at the spectacular Heydar Aliyev Center.
Addressing the Diplomatic Corps were the Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Director of the Heydar Aliyev Center, Mr. Anar Alakbarov; Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Head of the World Expo 2025 Baku Taskforce, Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov; and the Executive Director of the World Expo 2025 Baku Operations Secretariat, Mr. Paul J. Foster.
During the morning session, key items of the presentation included:
The benefits of World Expo 2025 Baku for Azerbaijan and the participating countries
Past participation of Azerbaijan in World Expos
Our compelling Theme – Developing Human Capital, Building a Better Future – and sub-themes: Talent, Vitality, and Achievement
The opportunities World Expo 2025 Baku would present for Azerbaijan
Expo 2025: BIE Enquiry Mission to visit Azerbaijan in 2018
An evaluation mission of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on the project to prepare Expo 2025 will visit Baku in the spring of 2018, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE Dimitri Kerkentzes said in a press conference in Baku on Dec.12.
Firstly, Kerkentzes thanked all those present for the warm welcome he had received in Baku and hospitality.
"Over the past two days, I have held several important meetings to familiarize myself with the preparations being conducted by Baku as a candidate city for the World Expo 2025. It was a great honor for me to meet with First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva. I also held talks with Finance Minister Samir Sharifov and Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov about the future of this project. This is very important, as it demonstrates that holding Expo is not just a local project for Baku, but it is a nationwide project for all of Azerbaijan," said Kerkentzes.
He noted that the parties continue to work together with the working group, the operational committee and the secretariat, which were created specifically for the project, to prepare the assessment mission of the International Bureau, which will be sent to Baku in March-April next year.
"The Enquiry Mission will allow us to study the feasibility of the project in order to conduct a voting in November and select the city of Expo 2025. Azerbaijan has the opportunity to show us not only the significance of the project for the city and the country, but also to demonstrate the active involvement of citizens and especially young people in it. The youth has always played a very important role in the life of each Expo exhibition," said Kerkentzes.
He admitted that over the past two days, being in Baku, he was very interested in watching the work on the project.
"I look forward to the results of the work on the project in the next two months to see the result that will be presented to the evaluation mission next spring, the presentation of the project to 170 member countries of the BIE at the General Assembly and the way the government and people of Azerbaijan will convince the international community that Baku is the best place to hold Expo 2025," Kerkentzes said.
He noted that he was impressed by the support provided to the project at the highest governmental level.
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva has met with BIE Deputy Secretary General
First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has met with Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Dimitri Kerkentzes.
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva recalled that a reception was held in November in Paris to introduce Baku`s bid to host Expo 2025, and noted with pleasure that Azerbaijan has been successfully cooperating with the Bureau International des Expositions in recent years. Noting that Azerbaijan successfully participated in several international exhibitions, Mehriban Aliyeva emphasized the support of Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Dimitri Kerkentzes for holding these exhibitions.
Saying that Baku is bidding to host Expo 2025, Azerbaijan`s first vice-president stressed the country`s experience in this area. She noted that Baku has successfully hosted several international events in recent years. “Holding these events at the excellent level shows that our country can also make achievements in Expo 2025.” Mehriban Aliyeva said that Baku`s bid to host Expo 2025 is supported by both government bodies, private organizations and residents. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva underlined that theme “Developing human capital, building a better future”, which Azerbaijan proposed for the exhibition, is important to the world.
Noting that Dimitri Kerkentzes visited Azerbaijan for the first time, Mehriban Aliyeva expressed confidence that his proposals and recommendations on Expo 2025 will be very beneficial for the country. She pointed out that next year Azerbaijan will receive an evaluation mission and present its report on the work done, and added that the visit of the deputy secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions to the country is of great importance in this regard.
Expressing his pleasure to be in Azerbaijan, Dimitri Kerkentzes said the support of the Azerbaijani government, including First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva for the events related to Baku`s bid to host Expo 2025 testifies to the country`s attaching importance to this project.