Baku confirmed as a World Expo 2025 Finalist

Monday May 14, Baku, Azerbaijan - The Bureau International Des Expositions (BIE) has now released the minutes of the BIE Executive Committee meeting held on May 4 that contained the report of the BIE Enquiry Mission to Baku, a candidate city to host World Expo 2025.

The World Expo 2025 Baku Bid Committee is proud to announce it has been confirmed as a finalist and will now progress to the last stage of the bid process, leading to the BIE’s 164th General Assembly in Paris in November when the members will elect the city to host the World Expo in 2025.

  • The official Report of the Enquiry Mission on the proposal for a registered exhibition in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2025 found that “hosting the Expo continues to build on Azerbaijan’s experience of hosting major international events and would be a natural and logical progression to enhancing its status as a host for international landmark events.”
  • The Mission recognised “a strong national consensus around the project to host the Expo, that is in line with the stated development strategy”.
  • The Mission admired the importance of the theme - Developing Human Capital, Building A Better Future - and notes this it is “timely and potentially attractive to a large number of countries” and that “it takes into account current human economic and social transformations and challenges.” Additionally, Azerbaijan’s specific legitimacy to propose the theme was recognised as “the Mission considers that the theme is also highly relevant to the locality of the exhibition and offers strong potential to attract participation.”

Samir Sharifov, Minister of Finance for the Republic of Azerbaijan & Chair of the Bid Committee, said:

“We thank the BIE Executive Committee and the Enquiry Mission for their detailed and positive report on our proposal. We look forward to having the opportunity to present our plans to the BIE members during the 163rd General Assembly held in Paris next month.”

New Sea Port opened in Baku

On 14 May the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev opened the new International Sea Trade Port Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan. The expanded Port offers opportunities to both passengers and the transportation industry, through new ferry and passenger terminals and the capacity to process up to 15 million tons of cargo per year, including up to 100,000 containers.
The Port of Baku forms part of Azerbaijan’s national strategy to increase connectivity and to diversify the economy. The new Port is an excellent opportunity to drive visitors to the country and to enhance business connections in the region.

Expo 2025 Baku talks to young Azerbaijanis about the opportunities of hosting World Expo

10 April 2018 - The Expo 2025 Baku bid team continues its program of visits to universities in Azerbaijan to discuss what hosting World Expo would mean to young people and the country.
To date, the Baku bid team have presented and met with 1000 students at institutions such as ADA University, Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University, Azerbaijan State University of Economics, Azerbaijan University of Languages, Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University, and Baku State University. 
During the presentations, the Expo 2025 Baku Theme Leaders talked about the meaning of the theme “Developing human capital – building a better future” and the importance of the sub themes on the future of health, education and work. 

Baku in Race to Host World Expo 2025

“Azerbaijan, currently bidding to host World Expo 2025, is celebrating great success in hosting its third consecutive Grand Prix. Formula 1’s annual appearance in Baku saw Lewis Hamilton win on the thrilling city circuit, a fan and driver favourite. 
Packed grandstands – including a 31% annual increase in international race spectators - watched Hamilton steal the limelight from his team mate, Valtteri Bottas, who suffered a late-race puncture. But the star of the show was Baku itself. Spectacularly located on the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan’s capital is a mix of ancient wonders as well as modern architectural and engineering marvels.
The first F1 race in Baku was in 2016, The European Grand Prix, now known as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. With this spectacular event firmly established in the sporting calendar, bringing World Expo 2025 to Baku would be a natural next step. As a host of successful international events such as the European Games, Islamic Solidarity Games, the Chess Olympiad, the Chess World Cup and, of course, F1, Baku has been developing the skills that will make it a great World Expo city.
Baku has more major events on the horizon: The European Youth Olympic Festival, The UEFA Europa League Final and in 2020 The European Football Championships.”

BIE completes Baku Enquiry mission with positive comments

We were delighted by the BIE preliminary findings that not only was Baku Expo bid viable and strongly supported across all levels of society, but our theme ‘Developing human capital’ presents an important opportunity for Azerbaijan and all participating countries. In particular, Baku Expo2025 bid team was proud to have received significant sign of encouragement from the BIE Enquiry Mission Chair and President of the BIE Executive Committee Jai-chul Choi who said that preliminary findings are positive.

BIE Enquiry Mission visits Baku Expo site

On Wednesday 18 April, the BIE Enquiry Mission visited the proposed site for World Expo 2025 Baku. The site is located 20km east of Baku and will have rapid transport links to the centre of the city.

The BIE were presented with the proposed layout of the site which combines a modern approach with traditional Azerbaijani designs. It was explained to the BIE that the site is fully owned by the Government and that by hosting World Expo 2025, the event would reclaim the currently unused land and would form part of the natural expansion of Azerbaijan’s capital city.

Following World Expo 2025 Baku, the site would offer a number of legacy features including: a new urban park and recreational space and a new national museum for Azerbaijan. Both are expected to be popular with local residents and international tourists.

President Ilham Aliyev received delegation of Bureau International des Expositions

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation of the Bureau International des Expositions led by representative of the Korean Republic in the Bureau, Ambassador Jai-chul Choi.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Jai-chul Choi congratulated the head of state on his victory in the presidential election and on the swearing-in ceremony.
Jai-chul Choi noted that they are pleased for having a chance to familiarize themselves with a beautiful country like Azerbaijan and see rapid processes taking place here. Jai-chul Choi said the main aim of the delegation’s visit is to study the current situation and opportunities in Azerbaijan. The ambassador said that they held a number of fruitful meetings as part of the visit. Jai-chul Choi stressed that they are in a positive attitude based on their observations.
President Ilham Aliyev thanked for the congratulations.
Saying Azerbaijan is a young, independent country, the head of state noted that comprehensive reforms were conducted in political, economic and social areas in a short span of time. The President said the country is already demonstrating successful progress as well as rapid transformation in the areas of politics, economy and state-building. President Ilham Aliyev noted that the works done over the past years showed that a young country can successfully live independently and host many international events. The head of state stressed that Baku is already successfully hosting many highly-important international political, cultural and sporting events. President Ilham Aliyev said the delegation’s visit to Azerbaijan will be a good opportunity for familiarizing themselves with the country and its achievements, and expressed his hopes that the visit will be successful.

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva met with young inventors

First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has met with young inventors Reyhan Jamalova and Zahra Gasimzade, who founded world-known start-up Rainergy.

The 15-year-old inventors informed the First Vice-President about their projects and future plans. They said Rainergy not only collects rainwater but harvests energy from it for later use.

Rainergy, which was invented by the 9th grade students of Istek lyceum, attracted great interest in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017. Reyhan Jamalova was one of the three entrepreneurs referred to by US President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump in her speech at the inaugural session.

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva said that she is very happy that Azerbaijan has such young talents. Noting that she is proud that such young generation is growing up in Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva said the government will provide necessary support for their project, and. The First Vice-President said attention will be paid to young talents and small startups.

Azerbaijan counts on the support of the NAM member states for Expo 2025 Baku

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev addressed NAM Member States in Baku and asked them to support Expo 2025 Baku. He reminded that Azerbaijan is the only member of the Non-Aligned Movement which is bidding for the Expo 2025.

"The bidding itself demonstrates that we think we are capable of organizing such an important, global event. For the country that is only 26 years old, I think it will be a good opportunity to demonstrate what we've achieved and what can be achieved if we are truly independent.

The president went on to add that Azerbaijan counts on the support of the NAM member states to support the country's candidacy, which would be another demonstration of solidarity.

"We need to support each other. We have, more or less, similar challenges and problems in front of us. We all want to live our own life, be independent. We all don't want someone to tell us what to do, to interfere in our affairs, to dictate us. To achieve this, we must be strong. And we can only be strong together," he said.

Essay competition

The essay competition is organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the "Expo 2025 Baku" Operations Secretariat on Azerbaijan’s bid to host the World Expo 2025 in Baku.

The competition aim is to raise awareness among young people about the project "Expo 2025 Baku", promoting youth participation in issues of significant importance to the country, and directing creative potential to the development trends of modern society and philosophy of the World Expo.


The competition centres on the main theme that Azerbaijan proposes for the World EXPO 2025 – namely, "Developing Human Capital, building a Better Future".

Participants should focus on one of the following three sub-themes:

  • The Future of Education
  • The Future of Health
  • The Future of Labour


Age category: anyone between 16 - 29 years old.

  • Each author can participate in the competition with only one essay.
  • Essays must be original and not published before.
  • The submitted essays should not exceed 1000 words.
  • Essays may be written in Azerbaijani, Russian or English languages.


There will be one (1) winner and a 2nd and 3rd place winner of the competition.

The 1st prize winner will be invited to headquarters of the International Exhibitions Bureau in Paris, France.

2nd and 3rd prize winners will be awarded with special diplomas and valuable prizes.

Please note, that the submitted essays are checked by special software. If more than 25% of the text is identical to the original text, it is considered as a plagiarism and those essays will be rejected.

Deadline: The essays should be submitted between 12 March to 10 April 2018 (submission deadline is 6p.m.) to the following e-mail address:

Good Luck to all.

Azerbaijan presents its World Expo 2025 Baku bid at the UN Headquarters in New York

7 February 2018 – The World Expo 2025 Baku Taskforce, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the UN, presented Baku’s candidacy to host World Expo at the UN Headquarters in New York on 7 February.

Over 120 UN member states were in attendance as the Head of Azerbaijan’s Delegation to the BIE, Ambassador Amirbayov, invited them to favourably consider Baku’s candidacy.

Commenting on the successful meeting, Ambassador Amirbayov said:

“By hosting World Expo 2025, Baku would offer the world an opportunity to explore the future of society and humanity, mobilize all nations to realise UN Development Goals and to effectively address some of the biggest challenges facing our planet today. If selected, Baku would be a new destination for a World Expo and would become an inspiration for all other states who have never hosted a World Expo.”

Expo 2025 Baku Azerbaijan outlines the key bid themes in Davos

23 January 2018 – A special event was held at the World Economic Forum (“WEF”) in Davos on 23 January to promote Baku’s candidacy to host World Expo 2025.

Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov, Head of Azerbaijan’s delegation to the BIE, spoke about how Baku’s bid theme, ‘Developing Human Capital, Building a Better Future’ naturally complemented this year’s WEF theme of ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.’

Ambassador Amirbayov highlighted that in a time of rapid technological change, it is important to focus on developing human capital in order to help people adapt and to ensure a high quality of life for societies and individuals. He emphasised that the three bid sub-themes – health, education and work - are important issues that all countries face and must be addressed at key events such as WEF and World Expo.

The event was held at the InterContinental Hotel and was attended by leading politicians, diplomats and business people.

Presentation of Baku’s World Expo 2025 Candidacy at the OIC Headquarters

21 December 2017 – Baku presented its candidacy to host World Expo 2025 at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 21 December.

Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic and Head of Azerbaijan’s delegation to the BIE, Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov delivered a keynote address on Baku’s candidacy and called on OIC Member States to support Azerbaijan’s bid to host World Expo 2025. Ambassador Amirbayov emphasised the importance of Baku’s bid theme, ‘Developing Human Capital, Building a Better Future’, to not only Azerbaijan’s development but that of all countries worldwide.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative to the OIC, Ambassador Rasim Rzayev also spoke about the developing relations between Azerbaijan and the OIC.

The event was attended by Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Jeddah, Permanent Representatives to the OIC, high-ranking officials of the OIC Secretariat, and other guests.

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

12 December 2017 - An Enquiry Mission of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will visit Baku in the spring of 2018, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE Dimitri Kerkentzes said in a press conference held in Baku on 12 December.

Over two days, Kerkentzes met with First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva, Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov, Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov. He thanked all for the warm welcome and noted that he was impressed by the high level of support for Baku’s bid from senior levels of government.

He added that: “This is very important, as it demonstrates that hosting Expo is not just a local project for Baku, but a nationwide project for all of Azerbaijan.”

The Enquiry Mission will be held in March-April next year, where the BIE will evaluate the feasibility of the project.

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.