Qatar is one of the first countries in the world to announce its participation in Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan – a major event “that is expected to have an economic ripple effect of approximately ¥2tn ($168bn), Japanese ambassador Satoshi Maeda has said.
“We are pleased to announce that the location of Pavilion A-16 has been officially confirmed, which is the place for the largest pavilion size and located in the area with the sub-theme of ‘Empowering Lives’, has been selected,” the envoy said at a reception organised by the Embassy of Japan at his residence in Doha recently.
Ministry of Commerce and Industry Undersecretary HE Sultan bin Rashid al-Khater took part in the event, marking the launch of Qatar’s pavilion at Expo 2025. It was also attended by members of the preparation committee for Qatar's participation in Expo 2025, as well as a number of CEOs of Japanese companies in Doha.
Maeda also announced that Qatar's pavilion will be located near the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2025 – scheduled from April 13 to October 13 with the main theme "Designing Future Society for Our Lives".
“The Japan World Exposition 1970 (Expo 1970) – the first Expo to be held in Asia – was also held in Osaka in 1970. Following Expo 2005 Aichi, Expo 2025 is the first international exposition to be held in Japan in 20 years and returns again in Osaka.
“The main theme of Expo 2025 is to see a society in which various global issues are solved through technologies such as Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, big data, and biotechnology, and in which the SDGs will be achieved. Moreover, Expo 2025 is expected to have an economic ripple effect of approximately ¥2tn ($168bn),” Maeda said, hoping that Expo 2025 will further promote the attractiveness and potential of Qatar to the Osaka-Kansai region, to all of Japan, and to the world.
He thanked the Qatari government, Qatar Expo Committee, and those involved in the decision for Qatar’s participation and their efforts to build and maintain the excellent and long-lasting friendly relationship between the two countries.
HE al-Khater said Qatar was pleased to participate and contribute to the success of Expo 2025 Osaka, alongside other friendly countries, as well as regional and international organisations.
He stressed that Qatar’s involvement stems from the long-term relations between Qatar and “the friendly nation of Japan, which is currently witnessing growth and development in all fields.
“We believe that Qatar's participation in this global event will open new opportunities for economic and trade co-operation between Qatari and Japanese businesses which will contribute to the benefit of both economies.
Qatar will display its real-world solutions, past successes, as well as future projects and
initiatives. Our core message is a deep commitment to a shared future of well-being, harmony, and stability,” HE al-Khater said.
Al-Khater affirmed that the State of Qatar’s participation in the global event comes from its belief in the importance of the exhibition’s theme, ‘Designing Future Society for Our Lives’, which aligns with the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Expo 2025 Osaka, which also has sub-themes: Saving Lives, Empowering Lives, and Connecting Lives, will address how to build sustainable, social and economic systems of the future that draw on robotics, modern tech, and artificial intelligence.
The expo activities and events fall in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, as well as with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to achieve a diverse, inclusive, and sustainable society.
On the economic level, al-Khater cited a steady growth of trade and investment in industrial and development projects between Qatar and Japan, as the co-operation between the two countries expanded from the energy sector, in addition to construction, health, sports, security, education, as well as research and development.
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