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Slovakia preparing for Expo 2010 in Shanghai

Slovakia is one of 220 countries and territories that have now confirmed their participation in the 2010 World Expo set for May 1-October 31, 2010, in Shanghai.

Slovakia is one of 220 countries and territories that have now confirmed their participation in the 2010 World Expo set for May 1-October 31, 2010, in Shanghai.

“The topic of our presentation is ‘The World for People’, and our budget is set at €3 million,” said the Slovak Exposition General Commissioner Ivana Magátová.

There will also be a Slovak National Day, Bratislava Week, a conference about a Slovak who built the first skyscraper in Asia, performances by artists, and business forums in the Slovak section of the exhibition. The Slovak pavilion will cover an area of 1,000 square metres, the TASR newswire wrote. It hasn't been decided yet which company will build the Slovak pavilion, as the tender has yet to be published.

The central motif of the exhibition is ‘Better City, Better Life’ and the goal is to present the symbiosis of modern man and urbanism in today's world. 2010 Expo Office Deputy Director Zhou Hanmin confirmed that preparations continue apace, adding that the event could in some respects exceed the Beijing Olympic Games. “Because of the exhibition, we want to improve transport in our city of 22 million people, where we’re expecting up to 70 million visitors,” said Zhou. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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