Chile ramps up Expo 2020 Dubai preparations

South American country’s 700sqm pavilion to showcase key themes of sustainability, diversity, tradition and progress

The Republic of Chile has announced that it is intensifying preparations for its participation at Expo 2020, with the development of a 700sqm country pavilion that will showcase its key themes of sustainability, diversity, tradition and progress, which embrace the four pillars of Chile and the principles it values.

Within its pavilion, Chile will be showcasing sustainable and reliable food production; renewable energy; productive and sustainable mining; sustainable tourism; entrepreneurship and innovation; sustainable infrastructure; astronomy and solid institutions.

“The priority for Chile at Expo 2020 will be to highlight the four pillars which embody our nation. We are a land of geographic extremes, with desert, mountains, glaciers and coastline. A country where contemporary co-exists with tradition, through the heart and soul of the Chilean people.

“Chile is a country dedicated to progress and sustainable development, enhancing the quality of life for our citizens. A country with a solid reputation, a country that is considered a true and trusted partner,” said Alvaro Saieh, Commissioner General of Chile.

Chilean exports to the MENA region in 2018, jumped 19% to over $425 million, compared with the same period in 2017. This growth is partly attributed to robust Chilean walnut exports, according to the latest research from the Trade Commission of Chile.

Chile will also be showcasing its renewable energy capabilities at its pavilion, Daccarett said. With 4,000 hours of sunshine in certain regions per year, the country has ideal conditions for solar energy production. Its coastline also stretches for 4,000km, offering significant potential for marine energy, while the Andes mountain range contains important geothermal energy reserves.

“It is also these natural wonders that are making Chile an emerging adventure tourism destination,” added Daccarett.

Chile is a world leader in mining and is attracting increasing amounts of foreign investment, especially considering its mineral wealth. Chile holds 29% of the world’s copper reserves, 16% of the molybdenum reserves, 15% of silver reserves, 7% gold, and 54% of the world’s lithium reserves.

Ranked top in LATAM (Latin America) and 19th internationally on the Global Entrepreneurship Index, the country has one of the world’s most successful and progressive business accelerator programmes with 1,300 start ups creating $1.4 billion in net assets.

“We are a safe and stable democratic country with an innovative and open business attitude, which is illustrated by our 26 free trade agreements, covering 64 international markets. There are also good opportunities for overseas investors in out transport infrastructure, as well as other public works, such as reservoirs, hospitals and schools,” said Alvaro Saieh, Commissioner General of Chile.

With more than 200 participants, including 192 countries, and 25 million expected visits, Expo 2020 Dubai will be the largest event ever held in the Arab region. It is scheduled to run for six months from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.o


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