Zimbabwe is an Official participant at Expo 2020 Dubai, which will run from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021. The Expo will run under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”and is expected to receive more that 25 Million visits from across the World. Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and has been envisioned to be a festival of imagination and innovation with a transformative impact on humanity, the planet and the UAE as a nation.
The theme recognizes that today’s challenges are far too complex to be solved in isolation, and that the creation of sustainable solutions to global problems demands readiness to reach out across geographies, institutional boundaries, industry clusters, cultures, and disciplines. This main theme is supported by three (3) main subthemes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, and these are indicated to be the timeless drivers of progress that continue to inspire people, organizations, and nations in their endeavours to create a better future. The three sub themes will be interpreted through the lenses of Innovation, Inclusion and Understanding. Therefore, the Organisers envisage Expo 2020 Dubai to be a celebration of how much humanity can accomplish by joining hands to solve common challenges. Participants, which include Zimbabwe, have been encouraged to translate the theme into an authentic portfolio of stories and perspectives that highlight the interconnections between sub-themes in a way that engages visitors of all age
Under the Guidance of the Commissioner General, Zimbabwe chose the OPPORTUNITY sub theme with the vision to highlight how Zimbabwe is the awakening giant, open for business and a land of vast opportunities. Opportunity is at the heart of development, ensuring that new horizons are opened up to individuals and communities, to help them meet their current needs and their future aspirations.
The theme and chosen sub-theme are well in sync with Zimbabwe‘s Vision of becoming a Prosperous and Empowered upper-middle income society by 2030, and thrust on promoting Brand Zimbabwe. The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Comrade E.D. Mnangagwa has declared that Zimbabwe is “Open for Business”. This mantra buttresses the choice for Zimbabwe to exhibit under the opportunity sub-theme. The Government, through a cocktail of policy adjustments, is undertaking to create new opportunities in all the sectors including education, finance, industry, commerce and governance, for sustainable development towards an upper middle-income society by 2030.
Zimbabwe’s Pavilion, carved with Inspiration from the Great Zimbabwe follows a linear format with the following four (4) zones
Zone 01 – Our “Great” Zimbabwe
Curved stone walls will cup the entrance, emulating the Ancient walls of the Great Zimbabwe Monument. Standing before this and the country’s name will be 4 replicas of the national emblem, the Zimbabwe Birds, representing the Fish Eagle.Information in Zone 1 will explain the country’s history and its people, rich culture and customs and traditional architecture that remains relevant to modern day Zimbabwe.
Zone 02- Our Rich and Fertile Land
This Zone will include content on the following topics: Agriculture and Forestry; Minerals and Mining; Transport, Energy and ICT; Tourism and Industry and Commerce. The stripped curved walls punctured by triangular openings will reveal, the countries available resources, through interactive screens and light boxes that explain Zimbabwe’s diverse wealth. Backlit cones, each in a different colours of the Zimbabwean flag will denote the different sectors of the economy.
Zone 03 – Our People Will include an interactive zone where the visitors may make inquiries about Zimbabwe or relax and read the available literature placed on book shelves, or converse with Zimbabwe students, business Entrepreneurs and artists who at the touch of a button will be ready to talk to visitors to the stand during the whole period of the EXPO. This is an opportunity to give the visitors insights into the culture and human capital of the country.
Zone 04 – Our Vision This zone focuses on future of Zimbabwe.
This last zone will be lined with a stretch depicting a sun rise wall, projected into this will be images of where the future of the country lies. ICT, knowledge driven society with digital platforms for more efficient and cost effective service delivery more modern production systems in agriculture, mining, industry financial services and our Small and Medium Scale Sector, underpinned by the strong design traditions.