Last Special Rules of Expo 2019 Beijing Ratified by 162nd General Assembly of BIE

In the afternoon of November 14 French time, the 162nd General Assembly of the BIE was held in Paris,attended by the representatives from more than 160 countries to the BIE. 2017-11-17

In the afternoon of November 14 French time, the 162nd General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) was held in Paris, attended by the representatives from more than 160 countries to the BIE. Lu Yan, Vice Mayor of Beijing Municipal People's Government, Deputy Director of Executive Committee of Expo 2019 Beijing, Director of Expo 2019 Beijing Coordination Bureau, led a delegation to this conference.

At the General Assembly, the last batch of Special Rules of Expo 2019 Beijing, namely, No. 7 Special Rule on Customs Clearance, Inspection & Quarantine, Transportation & Handling of Goods, No. 12 Special Rule on Privileges and Preferential Treatments of Chief Representatives and Staff Members in Exhibition Areas and No. 13 Special Rule on Admission, were ratified unanimously, marking the completion of the work concerning the 14 Special Rules for Expo 2019 Beijing, which lasted three and half years, in 3 batches,with the phases of  drafting, opinion solicitation and revision. This has laid a solid foundation for the preparation, participation solicitation and operation of Expo 2019 Beijing. The efforts in preparing the legal documents for Expo 2019 Beijing are widely recognised by the BIE and the international community. Mr. Berg, Vice President of the BIE and Chairman of the Rules Committee of the BIE, spoke highly of the efforts in the preparation of legal documents for Expo 2019 Beijing. He said - The formulation of the rules and regulations of Expo 2019 Beijing is rigorous and up to standard, with professional and timely feedback to the opinions of the Secretariat and the member states of the BIE, demonstrating  professionalism and efficiency of the Organising Committee of Expo 2019 Beijing, providing a role model in preparing the legal documents and new benchmark of preparatory work for A1 expos.

Wang Jinzhen, Member of Organising Committee of Expo 2019 Beijing, Chief Representative of China for Expo 2019 Beijing, Chief Representative of China to the BIE, Vice Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), promised to build Expo 2019 Beijing into a vivid practice of Beautiful China.

Lu Yan, Vice Mayor of Beijing Municipal People's Government, Deputy Director of Executive Committee of Expo 2019 Beijing, Director of Expo 2019 Beijing Coordination Bureau, said that the Beijing Municipal Government will fully support the preparation and operation of Expo 2019 Beijing. 

Peng Hongming, Deputy Secretary-General of China Flower Association, Deputy Secretary-General of Executive Committee of  Expo 2019 Beijing, briefed the General Assembly on the progress in preparatory work of Expo 2019 Beijing.  

Practice Green Development, Build High-Standard Expo

The BIE is an inter-governmental organisation, responsible for overseeing and guaranteeing the implementation of the 1928 Paris Convention, coordinating and managing the hosting efforts for world expos, ensuring the standards of the events, regulating the frequency and quality of world expos in accordance with the 1928 Paris Convention. The BIE is headquartered in Paris and its 170 member states are the signatories of the Paris  Convention.

The Chinese delegation communicate with the Dutch delegation

Expo 2019 Beijing is a highest-level specialised world expo, ratified by International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), recognised by the BIE, sponsored by the Chinese government, organised by the Beijing Municipal People's Government, with the theme of “Live Green, Live Better”, and sub-theme of "Green Development, Daily Gardening, Integration & Blooming, Education & Future, Spiritual Homeland”, with the philosophy of “integrating horticulture into nature, moving hearts with nature”, with the objective of “building a new paradigm of world horticulture and ecological civilisation”.Expo 2019 Beijing will focus on ecological development, embody the people-oriented philosophy, advocate exchanges between diversified cultures,demonstrate achievements of horticultural development, and build a high-standard and super-scale specialised world expo.

Follow International Regulations, Win Ratification of BIE

According to the 1928 Paris Convention, "General Rules" and “Template of Exhibition Participation Contract" are the internationally recognized legal documents for Expo 2019 Beijing. The ratification of the aforesaid documents by the General Assembly of the BIE marks that Expo 2019 Beijing has become official for China, and it can start the follow-up steps such as the planning and construction of expo site and the solicitation of participation. "General Rules" are the general guidelines and general provisions on the preparation of Expo 2019 Beijing, carrying the Chinese government and the organisers’ promises to the whole world, stipulating the basic conditions of Expo 2019 Beijing, such as time,theme,objective, organisational structure, with the provisions on the overall planning such as types of exhibitors, methods of exhibition, exhibition procedure, pavilion building, and other important areas such as exhibitors' commercial activities, host country's public services, and the preparation of follow-up "special rules”. “Template of Exhibition Participation Contract” specifies theme interpretation, exhibition method, display area, commercial activities and public services and other key aspects for the exhibitors.

Mr. Berg, Vice President of the BIE and Chairman of the Rules Committee of the BIE, spoke highly of the legal documents prepared by Expo 2019 Beijing and expressed his high expectation of the event.

June 11, 2014, "General Rules" and “Template of Exhibition Participation Contract” for Expo 2019 Beijing were passed by the 155th General Assembly of the BIE, marking the official ratification of Expo 2019 Beijing by the BIE.

Lead Preparation of Legal Documents, Establish New Benchmark for Expos

"Special Rules" cover all the important areas for the preparation of Expo 2019 Beijing, including theme interpretation, exhibitor eligibility, steering committee, construction, equipment installation, personnel accommodation, customs clearance of goods, insurance, commercial activities, public services, intellectual property rights, privileges and preferential treatment, admission, awards, with detailed provisions on the major rights and obligations of the host country, participating countries, organizers and exhibitors during the preparation, operation and exhibition of Expo 2019 Beijing, these documents constitute a whole set of  rules for exhibiting and participating in the event. The compilation of "Special Rules” provides a unique opportunity to form a system of planning, special preferential policies and participation rules, laying a solid ground for the preparation, participation solicitation and operation of the event.

At the 162nd General Assembly of the BIE on November 14, the final batch of 3 "special rules” of Expo 2019 Beijing were passed unanimously, marking the completion of the legal document preparation for  Expo 2019 Beijing.

Mr. Berg, Vice President of the BIE and Chairman of the Rules Committee of the BIE, spoke highly of the efforts in the preparation of legal documents for Expo 2019 Beijing. He said - The formulation of the rules and regulations of Expo 2019 Beijing is rigorous and up to standard, with professional and timely feedback to the opinions of the Secretariat and the member states of the BIE, demonstrating  professionalism and efficiency of the Organising Committee of Expo 2019 Beijing, providing a role model in preparing the legal documents and new benchmark of preparatory work for A1 expos.

Mr. Steen Christensen, President of the BIE, expressed his appreciation of the preparatory work, and high expectation of and best wishes to Expo 2019 Beijing, at the General Assembly. He extended congratulations to Expo 2019 Beijing and thanks to the professional and efficient work, and best wishes to Expo 2019 Beijing, hoping it will be a successful and splendid World Horticultural Exposition.

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