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Millions to Learn More About ASEAN at Shanghai World Expo 2010
Source: aseansec.org
Source Date: Friday, May 07, 2010
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Created: May 10, 2010

About 70 million visitors are expected to visit the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and will get an opportunity to learn more about ASEAN when they visit the ASEAN Pavilion between now until 31 October this year.

The ASEAN Pavilion, which opened on the first day of the Expo, showcased cultural and tourism information displayed through posters, brochures, billboards, short video clips and interactive media to help visitors familiarise themselves with ASEAN, including the realisation of the ASEAN Community by 2015. The Pavilion’s design coincides with the Expo’s theme of “Better City, Better Life” and was inspired by the beautiful winding coastlines of the ASEAN region and a vision of balanced development.

Ninety-five percent of the visitors are estimated to come from China and the rest foreigners. The Commissioner-General for ASEAN for the Expo, H.E. Sundram Pushpanathan, who is the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community, said, “China is an important Dialogue Partner of ASEAN and the realisation of the ASEAN-China FTA on 1 January this year has created enthusiasm on both sides to increase our engagement. He further added that, “the fact that China is the first developing nation to organise the World Expo and has been able to successfully attract and host most of the nations of the world shows that the expo provides an excellent opportunity for ASEAN and Member States to showcase themselves, interact and integrate with the world and get globally connected. ASEAN cannot afford not to be here!”

The ASEAN Pavilion is one of the thirteen international organisations in the International Organisations Joint Pavilion at the Expo site. The ASEAN Pavilion was jointly designed and constructed by the Expo organisers and the ASEAN Secretariat. Additionally, all ASEAN Member States also have their own Country Pavilions. Laos and Myanmar are jointly hosting a Pavilion.
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