French candidature for the World Expo 2025 [fr]
Mr. Pascal Lamy, interministerial delegate in charge of the preparation of the French candidature for the World Expo 2025, was in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the 5 January 2018 to promote the French bid.
During his visit, he held talks with the Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Hon. John Amaratunga, Minister of Finance and Mass Media Hon. Mangala Samaraweera and Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Hon. (Dr.) Harsha De Silva. After the meetings, he addressed to the local media to highlight the theme of EXPO 2025 « Sharing our knowledge, Caring for our planet” which is focused on the future and on youth. Two Sri Lankan young ambassadors selected from 70 countries around the world, were also present at the occasion.
France hosted 5 World Expos during the 19th century – in 1855, 1867, 1878, 1889 and 1900 – and an International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern Life in 1937. Their daring, as the industrial revolution rushed forward, helped speed up the great technical, cultural and social developments of the 20th century. France’s candidacy for 2025 dates back to 2012, rooted in the desire of a handful of entrepreneurs, elected officials, cultural stakeholders and academics to organize a great World Expo to make France a forum for dialogue, progress and innovation once more, as the digital revolution advances. 170 delegates representing the member countries of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) will elect the host country of the 2025 World Expo on November 2018.