Bureau International des Expos (BIE) - International Exhibitions Bureau - is an intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the schedule of EXPO organizations and the candidacy and election processes.
BIE determines the rights and responsibilities of the organizers and the participants of EXPO. It was established upon an international contract signed in 1928 in Paris. Its role is to monitor and guarantee the execution of the contract. 168 countries which are the members of BIE are represented by 3 delegates at most.
BIE head delegate of Turkey is Ambassador N. Murat ERSAVCI. Turkey has been a member of BIE since 2004. Our country is represented in the relevant organization by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate of Promotion.
The headquarters of the BIE are located in Paris. BIE consists of:
• General Assembly and President
• Executive Committee
• Administration and Budget Committee
• Rules Committee
• Information and Communication Committee.
BIE meets four times a year. Meeting of Executive Committee (on May and October) and General Meeting (June and November) are held twice a year. The relevant meetings are organized in Paris. Meetings of Executive Committee are held in the premises of BIE. On the other hand, General Meetings are held in the premises of OECD.
The highlight of the 154th General Assembly of BIE taking place on November 26-27, 2013 was the election of the host of Expo 2020. After 2 years of preparation, Brazil, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates were voted down. Dubai won with 116 votes after three rounds.
5 exciting Expos and a critical project will be held by BIE before Expo 2020 Dubai: The World Expo Museum in Shanghai. In General Assembly, the regulators informed the member states about the developments.
Moreover, 2016 will be a quite busy year because of Expo 2016 Antalya and Milan Triennial. Antalya Expo with Flower & Child theme will present the necessary things for creating "a green world for the next generations" by offering many parks and 7-hectare pond.
On the other side, the theme of Milan Triennial is "The 21st Century - Design after Design."
Kazakhstan will host the international Expo 2017 with the theme of Future of Energy. Astana which delivered its file in the first half of 2014 will find the opportunity of starting the construction and invitation processes.
Furthermore, Horticultural Expo will take place in 2019 in Beijing. The theme of Expo Beijing which will be held 9 years after Shanghai 2010 and 20 years after Kunming Expo Garden is "Live Green, Live Better." It will offer anything needed for creating "a green world for the next generations" with its 7-hectare pond.