Former World Trade Organization (WTO) director general Pascal Lamy will arrive in Dhaka on Saturday on a two-day visit to garner Bangladesh’s support in favour of France to host World Expo 2025.
The four countries seeking to host the exposition are France (in Greater Paris), Japan (in Osaka), Russia (in Ekaterinburg), and Azerbaijan (in Baku).
The countries submitted their bids on September 28 to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing and regulating the event.
The 170 member states of BIE will elect the host country at the 164th General Assembly in November this year.
Lamy will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, and Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shajahan Kamal during his visit, according to a foreign ministry official.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Policy Dialogue will host a public lecture on Saturday afternoon where Lamy, the two times former WTO DG and special envoy of the French government, will deliver speech on the theme “Knowledge to Share, Planet to Care.”