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Record intl. part. for Beijing Expo 2019

On June 25-26, the First Meeting of International Participants of Beijing Expo 2019 was held in Beijing. Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Tim Briercliffe, Secretary-General of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH),Lu Yan, member of the Organizing Committee of Beijing Expo 2019, Vice Mayor of Beijing Municipal People's Government and Director General of the Expo’s Coordination Bureau,Wang Hong,member of the Organizing Committee and Vice Mayor of Beijing,Wang Jinzhen,member of the Organizing Committee and Commissioner General of Beijing Expo 2019,and other related leaders of the Organizing Committee attended the meeting.About 270 representatives of the countries and the international organizations which had confirmed their participation or been the focused group of exhibition solicitation were also present at the meeting.Chen Bei, Deputy Secretary-General of Beijing Municipal Government, presided over this event, marking the transition from participation solicitation to exhibition arrangement of Beijing Expo 2019.

Lu Yan, member of the Organizing Committee of Beijing Expo 2019, Vice Mayor of Beijing Municipal People's Government and Director General of the Expo’s Coordination Bureau, stated in his speech-The Chinese government has carried out full deployment of the construction of ecological civilization from the strategic height of the Chinese nation’s sustainable development.The core of the "ecological civilization”concept is "harmony and coordinated development of man and nature”which embodies the new philosophy of respecting nature, conforming to nature and protecting nature. This is highly consistent with the purpose of the International Horticultural Exhibition.The Chinese government attaches great importance to the preparatory work of Beijing Expo 2019. Holding the Expo via the medium of plants will raise the generalpublic’s appreciation of gardening, boost international cultural exchanges, promote the connections between China and other countries and enhance mutual understanding and trust between China and the rest of the world.

At the meeting,Zhou Jianping, Executive Director General of the Expo’s Coordination Bureau,made a presentation on the overall progress of the preparatory work of Beijing Expo 2019, elaborating on the status quo, progress and future work of theExpo’s preparations to the international participants. According to him, Beijing Expo 2019 has almost achieved its goal in participation solicitation -“double 100”, namely, winning no less than 100 official participants (countries and international organizations) and no less than 100 non-official participants(such as provinces/prefectures/cities, companies,associations and universities).At present, 97 countries and international organizations,such as the UK, Germany, Japan and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, have confirmed their participation in writing,including 80 countries and 17 international organizations.Some countries such as Japan, Pakistan and Germany have already started the construction of their exhibition gardens.

Witnessed by Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE,Tim Briercliffe, Secretary-General of the AIPH,Lu Yan, member of the Organizing Committee of Beijing Expo 2019, Vice Mayor of Beijing Municipal People's Government and Director General of the Expo’s Coordination Bureau, Wang Jinzhen,member of the Organizing Committee and Commissioner General of Beijing Expo 2019, and Deng Naiping,Deputy Secretary-General of the Executive Committee and Party Secretary of the Expo’s Coordination Bureau, Zhou Jianping, Executive Director General of the Expo’s Coordination Bureau,signed participation agreements with the representatives of 20 international participants.

On the afternoon of the 25th,the leaders of the Expo’s Coordination Bureau and Yanqing District briefed the international participants respectively on the progress of the Expo’spreparatory work,including site planning,press conference,activity organization,project construction, construction requirements, exhibition arrangement/services, commercial activities and security work in Yanqing.

In addition to the aforesaid all-around preparations of Beijing Expo 2019, a Q&A session was held for the representatives, and aspecial meeting for participation promotion was launched for those countries and international organizations which had not confirmed their participation so as to promote the full realization of“Double 100”. Besides,the international participants also visited the site of Beijing Expo 2019 in Yanqing District.

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07/11/2018 - horti-expo2019.org



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