(CMC) – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has given its support and endorsement to the bid by Saudi Arabia to host the World Expo 2030.
The St. Lucia-based OECS Commission said that the World Expo has increasingly become a major global opportunity for international cooperation, for showcasing scientific/technological innovation, and for displaying the diversity of cultures, languages and accomplishments of the human family.
“World Expo has become a platform for expressing the highest aspirations of humanity’s conception of its future,” it said, adding that the 2030 event will be held under the theme “The Era of Change: Leading the Planet to a Foresighted Tomorrow.’’
Saudi Arabia launched its bid to host the World Expo 2030 in October 2021 and in its bid letter, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman noted “we live in an era of change, and we face an unprecedented need for humanity’s collective action.
“It is clear that the whole world, as a collective, needs to work together to foresee the future and address, with its brightest minds, the challenges and opportunities that emanate from this change,” he said, adding “the World Expo 2030 will represent an extraordinary opportunity to share with the world our lessons from this unprecedented transformation”.
The OECS, which groups the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, Str. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, said it is “confident that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has sufficient capabilities to present a distinguished edition and experience of the world expo consistent with the highest standards of innovation and the finest expressions of hospitality”.