Izmir receives support from Turkish FM for its EXPO candidacy
Izmir which is the largest city in the Turkish Aegean has received full support from Turkish FM Davutoğlu for its EXPO 2020 candidacy.
Turkish FM who attended a dinner hosted by Izmir Governor Cahit KIRAC said that they extended full support to the western province of Izmir’s candidacy to host EXPO 2020.
Davutoglu said Izmir was the economic and cultural center of its region and asked Turkish ambassadors to exert efforts on Izmir’s EXPO candidacy in countries where they are serving.
Izmir has been preparing its bid for EXPO 2020 and the city administration is determined to win the award to host the giant event.
What is EXPO
EXPO, one of the oldest and largest international events in the world and fittingly named “World’s Fair” is held in five-year intervals and lasts six months. Participants include states, international institutions, NGOs and companies. One of the EXPOs most important traits is their comprehensive themes, which have to hold universal values and be of importance to the whole of humanity. EXPO accelerates urban renewal projects of the respective host city. EXPO exhibition areas are unlimited and participants are permitted to build their own pavilions.
The EXPO World’s Fairs are sanctioned by the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE), headquartered in Paris. The BIE has 161 member countries as of 2012. For the last 160 years, EXPOs have turned their host cities into brands and improved their living conditions.
The first World’s Fair was held in London in 1851 and it achieved great success.
The EXPO 2010 was held in Shanghai (People’s Republic of China) on a 5.28 -square kilometer area and attracted 73 million visitors. Milan (Italy) will be the host of EXPO 2015. (http://www.expoizmir.org.tr)
Population: 3,965,232 (2011), Urbanization Rate: 91.13 % (2009), Surface Area: 12,003 km2 (2011) Average Age: 33.7 (2011)
Located on the western side of Turkey, İzmir is an Aegean legend that has been mesmerizing everyone for centuries now. Situated in the most suitable climate of the world, the city was named “Princess” by Victor Hugo. İzmir’s history dates as far as 6500 B.C. The city has been host to such influential civilizations as the Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Romans, Mongolians and Ottomans.
A sea trading port city, it was one of the ideal commerce hubs of its region for ages. İzmir is currently the third largest city in the modern Turkish Republic, founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The city’s growing importance makes it an important part of not only Turkey, but also the Eastern Mediterranean. (SOURCE:http://www.expoizmir.org.tr)