Dominica is among more than 192 countries now gathered in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, to participate in EXPO 2020 Dubai with the aim of building bridges and inspiring action.
Expo 2020, a showcase of culture, innovation and collaboration is being held under the theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’
Media Liaison Officer, Ivona Jno Baptiste-Lugay and the cultural contingent landed in Dubai ahead of Dominica’s national day at EXPO 2020.
“The World in one place, that’s what EXPO 2020 Dubai provides as over 192 countries including Dominica converged in a city in the Middle East with the aim of building bridges and inspiring action,” Jno Baptiste- Lugay said.
According to her, the event is described as the world’s longest running and largest mega event which attracts more visitors than the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics games.
“And for a small island developing state like Dominica, EXPO 2020 represents an unprecedented opportunity,” Jno Baptiste-Lugay stated.
The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), the Invest Dominica Authority, Dominica Export and Import Agency (DEXIA), various ministries with responsibility for EXPO, including the Ministry with responsibility for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry responsible for tourism and the Ministry responsible for trade as well as other key stakeholders, have ensured that the Dominica pavilion will be representative of a nature island destination which provides an exclusive experience for all, according to Jno Baptiste-Lugay.
Trade Minister Ian Douglas, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations Dr. Kenneth Darroux, Tourism Minister Denise Charles and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Chekira Lockhart-Hypolite are among officials in Dubai for the big event on Saturday.
Meantime, the Media Liaison Officer said despite the Covid-19 pandemic which has forced the world to adapt to a new normal, many people are saying that, “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Jno-Baptiste Lugay said Dominica will seek to form new relations and discover new business opportunities.