Mauritius supports the organization of Expo 2030 by Saudi Arabia because it is the best candidate: minister
RIYADH: Mauritius will vote for Saudi Arabia to host Expo 2030 as it believes the Kingdom has the best capabilities among the candidate nations, according to the Mauritian minister in charge of foreign affairs, regional integration and international trade.
Alan Ganoo, who is also minister of land transport and light rail, told Arab News that the current hostilities between the other two candidates – Russia and Ukraine – as well as the capabilities the Kingdom has shown with its flag at Expo 2020 Dubai were determining factors in the decision.
“As you know, the decision will be made next year,” he said. “Nevertheless, we followed the selection process and we were also careful to select the ideal candidate. We believe that such a global event should be organized based on certain principles, such as rotation and geography.
“Given the relevance of the event as a spearhead and promoter of the economy, trade, tourism and exchanges between peoples, it is important for us that the State has the means and the capacity to make the event unique rather than a usual exhibition.”
Ganoo said he was impressed by the Saudi pavilion at Expo 2020 and that was a big factor in his country’s decision.
“We got a glimpse of what Saudi Arabia is capable of when we visited the Saudi pavilion,” he added.
After his visit to the pavilion, Ganoo conveyed his views in favor of the Kingdom’s bid for Expo 2030 to his country’s Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, and his colleagues.
“I must also tell you that I had an exchange of views on the Saudi candidacy with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir,” he said.
“I informed him that Saudi Arabia has the best chance of all the candidates, especially considering the current global circumstances, such as the hostility between the other two candidates, Russia and Ukraine.”
Ganoo added that the Kingdom and Mauritius have a close relationship and that his country is exploring ways to increase the number of Saudi tourists after a drop in the number of visitors from Europe, which was a major source of national income.