Participation reflects enhanced coordination between African countries
In preparation for Expo 2012 Yeosu, which will take place in South Korea from May 12 to August 12, 2012, Equatorial Guinea met in Angola with other participating African countries to discuss current organizational issues.
The participants drafted a memorandum that will be presented to the International Bureau of the exhibit. According to Angolan Commissioner Albina Assis, one of the pressing issues for some of the African countries is covering the high cost of customs fees.
There are a total of 105 countries participating in the 2012 Yeosu Expo, 25 of which are African countries. The theme of this year’s international exposition is “The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Renewable Energies,” dedicated to promoting sustainability and protecting the environment.
Equatorial Guinea, along with neighboring African countries, has worked to further expand trade and business in natural resources such as oil and gas in the recent months. This conference provides the opportunity to “promote bilateral exchanges in technologies and human resources to foster closer economic ties,” according to the Korea Times.
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.