BOCHAROV RUCHEI (Sochi, Russia), March 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday pledged to revamp transportation links in Yekaterinburg if the city wins the bid to host the World Expo-2020.
Putin told at a meeting of representatives from the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) that the organization’s recommendations would be followed if the Urals city is successful in its bid.
Although World fairs do not necessarily yield tangible economic returns, they are often seen as a profile-building prestige event. Other countries hoping to host the expo in 2020 include Turkey, Thailand and Brazil.
Putin said efforts to develop Yekaterinburg will focus on road, the airport, and access routes.
Authorities would also support business is building up hotels, he said.
The Expo-2020 bid for Yekaterinburg, which is the capital of the Urals Federal District, was presented at the 152nd session of the BIE’s General Assembly in November by a team led by Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
The presentation touted the potential Yekaterinburg Expo-2020 as “the capstone of a grand effort to reconnect Russia to the world.”
Yekaterinburg “is investing billions” on modern transportation systems, techno parks and one of the world’s largest housing projects, the team said in its presentation.
The other contenders competing to hold the Expo-2020 are Izmir in Turkey, Ayutthaya in Thailand, Sao Paolo in Brazil, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The next World’s fair is due to be held in Milan, Italy, in 2015 and that will be followed by the Expo-2017 in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana.