Participation relfects growing ties with South Korea
Equatorial Guinea will participate in Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea, which will be held from May 12 to August 12. The theme of the international exposition is “The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Renewable Energies,” dedicated to promoting sustainability and protecting the environment.
This marks the fourth time Equatorial Guinea has participated in an international exposition sanctioned by the International Expositions Bureau. It previously participated in expositions in Seville 1992, Zaragoza 2008 and Shanghai 2010.
Equatorial Guinea’s delegation will be led by sculptor and President of the Scientific and Technological Research Center (CICTE) Leandro Nbomio Nsue, and the Director General for Culture Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama. The two are working together as Commissioners General of Section and pavilion directors..
According to the sponsors, the expo “will provide an opportunity to enhance the international community’s perception of the function and value of the ocean and coast.” It will also serve as a venue to “learn about the achievements of and future models for the marine sector and offer a valuable chance to promote state-of-the-art marine science and technology and marine industries.”
Equatorial Guinea’s participation in the event reflects the nation’s growing trade and cooperation with South Korea, particularly on natural resources, including oil, gas and agriculture. The two countries established a partnership last year dedicated to developing infrastructure and energy projects. They agreed to help “promote bilateral exchanges in technologies and human resources to foster closer economic ties,” according to the Korea Times.
South Korea was selected to host the event during the 142nd General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau in 2007.