Belgrade and Serbia presented their candidacy for the International Specialized Exhibition Expo 2027 in Paris to the delegates of the International Bureau of Exhibitions (BIE). President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS), Marko Čadež, pointed out that our capital has the potential to organize this prestigious world event, which few cities can do.
The net value of the Expo 2027 investments, according to the president of CCIS, amounts to 300 million euros. "A huge number of volunteers will be needed for the organization, and I hope that in 2027 we will have Open Balkan as one of the initiatives with wider dimensions," Čadež added.
The Conference was held with the aim to present in detail the proposed theme of Serbia "Play for Humanity - Sport and Music for All" to the delegates of the Bureau.
"This day was very powerful because it sent a message about what Belgrade and Serbia are today and how we envisage Expo 2027. I think we showed not only that we are a good destination when it comes to tourism, but that we are also good when it comes to innovation and the construction objects that are being built. We have shown that we are special because, in the last 10 years, we have made the rules of the game such that few countries in Europe have. For two years in a row, Belgrade has been declared the city with the greatest economic potential in Europe." Čadež pointed out. He noted that when traveling by car from Belgrade, within a 4-6 hours range, there are 20 university centers, gathering 560000 students. He added that Belgrade is particularly attractive to IT experts.
Ned Wills, CEO of the company Laureus pointed out the fact that Play is a key component for success and that sport has high importance in the development and lives of children and young people. The Conference was moderated by the director of the Congress Bureau of the Tourist Organization of Serbia, Dušan Borovčanin, and the presentation of Serbia was enhanced by the performance of traditional Serbian music numbers by the Teofilović brothers.
In January 2022, Belgrade and Serbia officially submitted their candidacy to host the International Specialized Exhibition Expo 2027 with the theme "Play for Humanity: Sport and Music for All".
In June last year, a comprehensive presentation of Serbia's Report for organizing the Specialized Exhibition was held in Paris, when the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, addressed the attendees of the 170th BIE General Assembly via video message, and several ministers along with the CCIS President presented comparative advantages of Serbia and Belgrade.
In September, Belgrade was visited by a delegation of the International Bureau for Exhibitions, whose mission was to evaluate the data presented in the Report for Belgrade's candidacy.
An additional campaign for Belgrade’s candidacy was done in Paris, in November at the 171st General Assembly of the BIE, when the Serbian delegation had the opportunity to once again meet the representatives of the members of BIE and explain that our capital and country are fully ready to host one of the most prestigious world events.