Press Release

2024.03.01 Participation Report of the Capacity Building Programme (CBP) by the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) in the Gabonese Republic

Group Photo at the CBP (February 14)

The Capacity Building Programme (CBP), a training programme for participation in Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the Expo”), was held in Libreville, the capital of the Gabonese Republic in Africa, for three days from February 13 to 15, 2024, organised by the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) in cooperation with the Government of the Gabonese Republic. The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition (hereinafter referred to as “the Association”) took part in this programme, giving a presentation and exchanging opinions at the Expo session on February 14.
This project, which aims to encourage BIE member nations to participate in Expos, was started in 2020 by the BIE. This is the first time the CBP meeting was held in person. Approximately 80 people from 12 French-speaking African countries participated. At the session held on February 14, a video message from Mr Oussouby SACKO, Deputy Chairperson of the Association (Kyoto Seika University, former President, Director of Integrated Research Organisation, and Professor of the Human Environment Design Program), was shown. This was followed by various explanations and Q&A sessions from the Association staff on preparations for participation in the Expo. Participants asked questions on a wide range of areas, such as procedures related to exhibition construction, event planning, commercial activities, and life in Japan. Many of the participants expressed their desire to accelerate preparations for April 2025.
The Association will continue to provide a variety of support to further accelerate the preparation of each Official Participant’s pavilion exhibition.

Overview of the CBP Programme

・Organiser: The BIE (Bureau International des Expositions)
・Collaborator: The Government of the Gabonese Republic
・Date: February 13 (Tue) to 15 (Thu) 2024
・Place: Radisson Blu Okoume Palace Hotel, Libreville, Gabonese Republic
・Objective: Training programme to encourage the member countries of BIE to participate in Expos
CBP started in 2020. Until now, meetings have been held only online.
・Contents: Training on building a plan for participation in the Expo.
Day 1: What is the BIE? What is a World Expo?
The merit of participating in a World Expo and the preparation involved
Day 2: Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan Session
Expo 2027 Belgrade Session
Expo 2030 Riyadh Session
Day 3: Discussion on the running of pavilions, the planning of the exhibition, and the success of Expo participation
・Participants: Approximately 80 people from 12 countries (The targeted countries this time are French-speaking African countries.)


Public Relations Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition