CW Expo Reaction | France's Erik Linquier on Expo 2020 & COVID-19

EXCLUSIVE: The Commissioner General for the France Pavilion talks about the World Expo's delay, health and safety, and more!

Construction Week has been talking to experts within the industry as well as officials spearheading the participation of various countries at Expo 2020 Dubai, ever since the World Expo revealed its year-long postponement.

The change in dates for the World Expo —which will now run from 1 October, 2021 to 31 March, 2022 —was announced after a two-thirds majority of the Bureau International des Expositions’ (BIE) member states voted in favour of postponing the World Expo by a year. 

In the fourth episode of Construction Week's YouTube series — Expo Reaction — the Commissioner General for the France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, Erik Linquier, spoke exclusively to CW about ongoing construction of the country's pavilion; as well as the the French Pavilion's focus on cutting-edge sustainability and mobility

Commenting on France's involvement in the Expo 2020 Dubai postponement decision, Linquier says: "I was involved in the discussions, which were at the end of March 2020. We had several meetings with the Expo Bureau; with the BIE; and with more than 30 other commissioner-generals who are involved in the Steering Committee. The discussions were very comprehensive, and everyone understood what was at stake at the time."

"For the Olympics, a similar decision was taken just a few days before the Expo 2020 decision, and it proved to be a good inspiration for a good decision," he adds.

Commenting on the ongoing construction of the country's pavilion at the Expo 2020 site, Linquier says, "We are at about 60% of total construction. We are working on the shell and core, and the MEP. It will be finished in the coming weeks, but frankly, we wouldn't have been able to finish it within the initial deadline, which was in July."

He adds: "The delay makes it possible for us to complete our construction in the best condition, while protecting workers and people involved in the project."

For more details about the conversation with the commissioner-general, watch the video on Construction Week’s YouTube channel.

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