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S. Korea submits formal application to host 2030 World Expo

Corporate Newsroom 17:25 September 07, 2022

SEJONG, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Wednesday submitted its official application to host the World Expo in the southern port city of Busan in 2030, highlighting its strength as a potential host nation having ample digital assets and rags-to-riches experiences, the industry ministry said.

The government delegation, led by First Vice Industry Minister Jang Young-jin, visited Paris and submitted the candidate letter, or candidature dossier, to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental body in charge of overseeing World Expos, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

The documents will be delivered to 170 BIE member nations, which will vote for the final winner around November 2023.

South Korea is competing with Italy and Saudi Arabia.

In this file photo, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo (2nd from L, front row) poses for a photo with K-pop sensation BTS (back row) and SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won (2nd from R, front row) during a ceremony to appoint the septet as the promotional ambassador to host the 2030 World Expo in the southern port city of Busan at Hybe in Seoul on July 19, 2022. (Yonhap)

With the slogan of "Transforming our world, navigating toward a better future," South Korea seeks to create a chance for discussions on how to make a better world through fundamental changes in the face of such challenges as climate change, social division and the side effects of technology advances.

"South Korea is a digital powerhouse leading global efforts for resolving climate change and the transition to the green economy, and for creating human-based technologies. We can play a bridge role in the world as the only nation that has become an advanced nation from one of the world's poorest ones," the ministry said in a release.

Rising from the ashes of the 1950-53 Korean War, South Korea achieved what is considered an economic miracle and became one of the world's 10 largest economies.

If South Korea successfully hosts the 2030 World Expo, it will have organized all three major international events -- the World Expo, the Olympics and the World Cup.

It hosted the country's first Summer Games in 1988, followed by the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In 2018, the nation hosted the Winter Olympics in the alpine town of Pyeongchang.

After handing in the document, the vice minister met with the BIE's Secretary General Dimitri Kerkentzes, and delivered the country's capabilities and strong willingness to successfully host the event, the ministry said.

The government delegation also met with officials of several member nations there, including Mongolia and Rwanda, it added.

South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo (R) talks with Dimitri Kerkentzes, secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), in Paris on June 22, 2022, in this file photo provided by Han's office. Han attended a BIE general assembly to make a presentation on South Korea's bid to host the 2030 World Expo in its largest port city of Busan. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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