At the 160th session of the General Assembly of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński together with Deputy Mayor of Łódź Wojciech Rosicki and Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development Tadeusz Kościński officially presented the candidacy of Poland and Łódź as the organiser of EXPO International 2022.
Poland was the first country to submit its bid - in the form of a notification letter from the government - at the previous assembly of BIE, held on 15 June 2016. At this moment, a 6-month window opened for submitting other candidacies, which will close on 15 December this year. The voting on granting the rights to organise EXPO 2022 will take place at the end of November/beginning of December 2017.
The leading theme for EXPO 2022 in Łódź is City: Reinvented, meaning a city „created anew” – with its inhabitants in mind and preserving its cultural and historical heritage. Problems of post-industrial cities and other urban difficulties are present in every country of the world. According to OECD estimates, in 2050 the number of people living in cities will be over 2/3 of the population on a global scale. The importance of urban issues will grow and will arouse an increasing interest of different social groups. According to UN-Habitat, currently as much as 20% of urban areas need revitalisation, in different aspects. Challenges facing towns are so considerable that they call for action, which will „shape them anew”.
EXPO 2022 TO TAKE PLACE IN TOWN CENTRE
Poland wants to go back to the roots and history of International Exhibitions and to organise EXPO in such a way that when the exhibition is over, its area will become a part of town. 25 hectares have been allocated for EXPO. The historic buildings in this area will be used and will become yet another showcase of revitalisation. EXPO will enable „revitalisation” of the town centre, and visitors will witness a change, taking place on an „open organism”. EXPO will be a high point and the culmination of the process of revitalisation of Łódź, and providing a space for countries and cities from all over the world to exchange revitalisation experience.
BENEFITS FROM ORGANISING EXPO
• Strengthening the position of Poland as a leader in East-Central Europe (the EXPO has never been organised in this region);
• Promotion of Poland, the Łódź voivodeship and the city of Łódź;
• Acceleration of economic growth;
• Increasing the presence of Polish companies and brands on international markets; forming business relations; attracting new investors;
• Creating new jobs.