scene of the meeting
scene of the meeting
Representatives check plots at the Expo Site.
Representatives learn about the master plan of the Expo Site.
The Third Participants' Meeting of 2010 Expo started yesterday in Shanghai with nearly 700 representatives from participating countries and organizations. Some were interviewed on the sidelines of the meeting.
Peter Tesch, Commissioner General for Australia
The preparatory work is very impressive and everything has a new look from one year ago, when I visited here. Organizers as well as Chinese people surely can feel proud of their efforts and achievements. Our top concern currently is that some people underestimated how little time they had for the preparation, as the financial crisis didn't affect the participation or the budget, while it would certainly slow down the process, so we need to mash together to make things work. The construction of our pavilion will start by late December, and Australia is one of the first countries that started the layer drawing work.
Walter van Weelden, Commissioner General of the Netherlands
We are very impressed by the thoroughness of the work done by organisers and the meeting is well-organised. Time is the largest enemy for all of us at this stage, both for organisers and participants. We need to keep communication running smoothly, and contribute to keep things moving. The financial turmoil will not affect us, but it's important that we hold positive thinking, if we don't do so, that means it is the end of all things. We should think positively to push things forward. We are committed to presenting a splendid Dutch Pavilion.
Peter Kreutzberger, Vice Commissioner General of Germany
We appreciate the work and service of organizers because they work quite hard. Besides time, our top concern is the quality of land and electricity supply to our pavilion. And we hope organizers would solve Expo visa issues for our working staff early. We think through dialogue, all of these issues can be discussed and tackled efficiently.
Steen Christensen, Acting Commissioner General of Denmark
Shanghai Expo organizers have done a remarkable job. Although time is pressing, we are confident that China will complete all the work on time. The biggest impact of the financial crisis brings is that it makes us more attentive in our preparation. Considering China is a huge market, we will do more business in China as well as the rest of Asia.