Expo 2022/23: Minneapolis welcomes BIE Enquiry Mission

As part of the bidding process for the organisation of Specialised Expo 2022/23, an Enquiry Mission from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has arrived in Minneapolis. The delegation will assess the bid submitted by the United States of America to organise a Specialised Expo in the city between 15 May and 15 August 2023. It is the first of three such Enquiry Missions, the other two taking place in the next month in the other two candidate countries, Poland and Argentina.

Specialised Expo 2022/23 - United States bid

The Enquiry Mission arrived in Minneapolis on Sunday, 19 March. Members of the Mission will visit the proposed Expo site, receive detailed presentations of the bid project, and will meet and exchange with local officials, lawmakers, the business community and members of civil society. Members of the Enquiry Mission will then travel to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, 22 March to meet with representatives of the United States Government.

The BIE delegation includes the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales and Ambassador Jai-chul Choi, Delegate of the Republic of Korea to the BIE and Chairman of the Executive Committee, who chairs the Enquiry Mission.

The task of the Enquiry Mission is to assess and validate the feasibility and viability of the Expo project, a necessary step for the candidature to go further in the selection process. This evaluation will ascertain the United States’ proposals for Expo 2022/23 following the recent submission of its bid dossier.

The bid dossier outlines the candidate’s vision for the Expo and identifies the theme of the proposed Expo in Minnesota as “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All”, a concept that reflects Minnesota’s position as a centre for healthcare and the reputation of the Upper Midwest as one of the healthiest regions in the United States. The proposed Expo would take place on a site near the University of Minnesota, in the centre of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan region, between 15 May and 15 August 2023. The bid committee forecasts that 12 million visitors would visit the Expo over the three-month period.

Using the bid dossier as a guide, the Enquiry Mission will notably assess the motivations behind the Expo bid, the attractiveness of the proposed Expo theme, the proposed site and its planned re-use after the Expo, levels of local and national support for the project, expected participation, and the financial feasibility plan.

Łódź (Poland), Minneapolis (United States) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) submit bid dossiers for Specialised Expo 2022/23

Łódź (Poland), Minneapolis (United States) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) have submitted their bid dossiers for the organisation of Specialised Expo 2022/23 to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). The three candidates thus enter the project examination phase of the bidding process.

Bid dossiers are comprehensive documents detailing the Expo project. They are sent to delegates of all BIE Member States and outline the candidate’s vision for the Expo, including the site, the theme, and the planned intellectual and physical legacy. The bid dossiers also lay out projections on visitor numbers, financing, and costs.

The contents of the bid dossiers will be used by representatives from the BIE’s Member States to evaluate the interest of each Expo project. This will serve as the basis, alongside the reports from the BIE Enquiry Mission and presentations from candidates, for each Member State’s decision when the Expo host is elected at the 162nd General Assembly of the BIE in November 2017.

During the project examination phase, the BIE will study each bid dossier before carrying out Enquiry Missions to each candidate city in order to evaluate the feasibility and viability of each Expo project.

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated that each bid dossier will be carefully examined by the BIE ahead of the Enquiry Missions. Mr. Loscertales added: “the development of the theme is particularly important in the framework of a Specialised Expo bid. It constitutes the essence of the Expo, bringing global attention to a precise challenge facing humanity.”

Poland: Mr. Paweł Lewandowski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland and Ms. Hanna Zdanowska, the Mayor of the City of Łódź, with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

Poland’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in the city of Łódź between 15 June and 15 September 2022 under the theme “City Re:Invented.”

United States of America: Mr. David A. Loehr, Principal, HGA Architects and Engineers with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

The United States’ bid is for a Specialised Expo in Minneapolis between 15 May and 15 August 2023 under the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All.” The United States is not a Member State of the BIE.*

Argentina: Ms. Patricia Pècora, Chief of Staff of the Authority of Federal System of Media & Public Contents (Sistema Federal de Medios y Contenidos Públicos, SFMCP) with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

Argentina’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in Buenos Aires between 15 January and 15 April 2023 under the theme “Science, Innovation, Art and Creativity for the Human Development.”

*In accordance with BIE regulations, Member States must be given priority over non-Member States

Poland outlines vision for Expo 2022 in Łódź

At the 160th session of the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), held in Paris on 23 November, a delegation from Poland gave a presentation in support of organising Specialised Expo 2022 in the city of Łódź.

Since submitting its letter of candidature to the BIE on 15 June, the team behind Poland’s Expo 2022 bid has developed the project and presented a vision of the Expo. The presenters explained to the General Assembly why Poland is a candidate for a Specialised Expo, and provided further details on the proposed theme of the Expo, “City Re:Invented”, as well as the proposed Expo site.

Poland's concept for Expo 2022 in Łódż

The Polish delegation was led by Piotr Gliński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage, who emphasised Poland’s desire to invite all countries to engage in a constructive debate. The Deputy Prime Minister told delegates that “the idea of peaceful coexistence of different nations and cultures has been vital in Poland for centuries and it fully coincides with the idea of Expos.”

Piotr Gliński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland

The Deputy Mayor of Łódź, Wojciech Rosicki presented the Expo project from the city’s point of view, linking it to Łódź’s past and future. Mr. Rosicki drew attention to the challenges faced by Łódź as historic buildings fell into disrepair and as the textile industry declined. Urban revitalisation policies have helped the city reinvent itself in recent years so that now, “Łódź is becoming a place where living is comfortable, working is likeable, and free time can be spent in interesting ways.”

 Wojciech Rosicki, Deputy Mayor of Łódź

Concerning the Expo itself, Tadeusz Kościński, the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development, told delegates that the Expo site would be located in the city centre and that Expo buildings would be transformed into housing, offices and service outlets. In terms of infrastructure, Łódź is already the best connected city in Poland for transport, and by 2022 the city will boast a new underground railway station and tunnel link with another of the city’s stations.

Tadeusz Kościński, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development of the Republic of Poland

Poland submitted its bid to host Specialised Expo 2022 on 15 June 2016 and is to date the only country to have presented its candidature. The candidate list will close on 15 December 2016, after which the project examination phase will begin. BIE Member States will elect the host of Expo 2022 at the 162nd General Assembly in November 2017.

List of Candidates for Specialised Expo 2022/23

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has closed the candidature period for Specialised Expo 2022/23. Four countries have submitted competing bids to organise Specialised Expo 2022/23: the Republic of Poland, the United States of America, the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Republic of Argentina.

The 169 Member States of the BIE will elect the host country of Specialised Expo 2022/23 at the 162nd General Assembly in November 2017.

Poland’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in the city of Łódź between 15 June and 15 September 2022 under the theme “City Re:Invented.”

The United States’ bid is for a Specialised Expo in Minneapolis between 15 May and 15 August 2023 under the theme “Wellness and Well Being for All: Healthy People, Healthy Planet.” The United States is not a Member State of the BIE.*

Brazil’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in Rio de Janeiro between 4 March and 27 May 2022 under the theme “Metropolitan Cities and Sustainability: Cross Border Potentials.”

Argentina’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in Buenos Aires between 15 January and 15 April 2023 under the theme “Science, Innovation, Art and Creativity for the Human Development.”

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated that “these four candidatures demonstrate a high level of interest for this type of Expo.” The project examination phase for Specialised Expo 2022/23 will take place over the next few months. Each candidate will submit a bid dossier, to be followed by a BIE Enquiry Mission. The projects will then be presented to the General Assembly of the BIE on 14 June 2017. The election of the host country by the 169 Member States of the BIE will take place at the subsequent General Assembly in November 2017.

Specialised Expos, known officially as International Recognised Exhibitions, can be organised in the interval between two World Expos. They can last up to three months and are designed to respond to a precise challenge facing humanity. The most recent Specialised Expo was held in the city of Yeosu in the Republic of Korea in 2012, which attracted over 8 million visitors under the theme “The Living Ocean and Coast”. The next Specialised Expo is to take place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, between 10 June and 10 September 2017 under the theme “Future Energy”.

 

*In accordance with BIE regulations, Member States must be given priority over non-Member States.

Mayor of Łódź visits BIE

The mayor of Łódź, Hanna Zdanowska, visited the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) today, 24 November, to discuss Poland’s candidature to host Specialised Expo 2022 in Łódź.

Ms Zdanowska, who was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Wojciech Rosicki, met with the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor highlighted the Expo’s key role in the city’s revitalisation plan and exchanged on a range of issues surrounding the Expo project.

(Left to Right) Deputy Mayor of Łódź Wojciech Rosicki, Mayor of Łódź Hanna Zdanowska, BIE Secretary General Vicente G. Loscertales

The meeting comes the day after the 160th General Assembly of the BIE, during which representatives from the Government of Poland and the city of Łódź, led by Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński, presented the Expo project to delegates of the BIE’s 169 Member States.

Ms. Zdanowska underlined her longstanding support for the Expo project, which is based around the theme “City Re:Invented”. This theme reflects the history of Łódź, a city that adopted ambitious urban revitalisation projects following the decline of its industries and after its historic buildings fell into disrepair. The mayor stated that the Expo would be “an opportunity for other cities to share their experiences and for Łódź to present its new way and new philosophy for the city.”

Mr. Loscertales commented that the bid project has significant potential and that he looks forward to the project examination phase, during which “the BIE will be able to find out more about the proposed theme and study the technical aspects of the Expo project.”

Poland submitted its bid to host Specialised Expo 2022 on 15 June 2016 and is to date the only country to have presented its candidature. The candidate list will close on 15 December 2016, after which the project examination phase will begin.