Korea "thankful" for Expo 2020's proactive postponement

Pyung-oh Kwon, commissioner-general of Korea at Expo 2020 Dubai lauds officials' approach

South Korea pavilion
© Expo 2020 Dubai
South Korea pavilion

The president and chief executive officer of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and commissioner-general of the Republic of Korea at Expo 2020 DubaiPyung-oh Kwon has said that it is more important than ever that the Expo comes to life in the best possible way and at an appropriate time. 

Expo 2020 Dubai's Steering Committee has agreed to explore with The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body of World Expo, a year-long postponement of the event, in view of the global impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Expo 2020 Dubai officials have confirmed that a final decision on the postponement will be made by the BIE’s Executive Committee and the General Assembly. 

According to Article 28 of the BIE Convention, two-thirds majority vote from Member States of the organisation are required for a change of dates, Construction Week earlier reported.

Korea's 'continuously changing' pavilion is themed around 'Smart Korea, Moving the World to You'. The event officials had earlier revealed that the 'continously changing images' on the exterior of the pavilion were created by 'rotating cubes'.

In addition, the pavilion displays technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to highlight Korea's contribution towards Industry 4.0. The five-storey 5,200m2 pavilion also captures Korean art, style and pop culture in one place. 

Mooyuki Architects were appointed for work on the pavilion, which is located within Expo 2020 Dubai’s Mobility District. KOTRA, which is a part of South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, is the developer of the pavilion.

“It was heartening to see all the participants of Expo 2020 Dubai coming together with a strong message of solidarity and support. World Expos are a place where the world comes together to showcase the best of humanity, and at what is a difficult time in many places, it is more important than ever that this Expo comes to life in the best possible way and at an appropriate time. We are thankful for the proactive approach of the organisers and their full support," Pyung-oh Kwon said in a statement.

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