Zhou Hanmin, deputy director general of the Bureau of
Shanghai World Expo Coordination
representatives from member cities of the Association of
Cities and Regions Hosting an International Exposition (AVE)
Juan Alberto Belloch Julbe, mayor of Zaragoza, has been appointed as the
chairman of the Association of Cities and Regions Hosting an International
The appointment was made on the third conference of AVE on Friday in
Zaragoza, Spain. Attendees reviewed the report of the second AVE conference and
discussed issues such as revising the AVE constitution.
Zhou Hanmin, deputy director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo
Coordination, at the conference congratulated Zaragoza on the success of
the Zaragoza Expo which is set to wrap up tomorrow.
Zhou also briefed AVE members on the schedules of the 2010 Expo, hoping them
to take an active part in various activities during the event.
He said on a forum at the same day that preparations of Shanghai Expo had
entered a vital stage after the 600-day countdown of the event. Zhou also talked
about the two anticipated highlights of the Expo, the "Urban Best Practice Area"
section and the Expo Shanghai Online, emphasizing the heritage left by Expos not
only belong to the host country, but also the whole world.
Representatives from Hannover, Lisboa, Sevilla, Aichi, Montreal and Vancouver
signed a declaration on October 29, 2000 in Hannover, announcing the
establishment of AVE, with the aim of facilitating cooperation between Expo host