Shanghai Expo Marks Armenia Pavilion Day

SHANGHAI, China (Combined Sources)–Armenia celebrated its National Pavilion Day on Tuesday at Shanghai Expo 2010 with the official unavailing of its pavilion titled, “City of the World.”

Attended by Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, the event came on the 19th anniversary of Armenia’s independence from the Soviet Union and featured a special performance titled “Armenia: The Art of Creation.”

According to official statistics from Shanghai Expo, more than 20,000 people visit the Armenian Pavilion daily. Of the more than 53 million people that have visited the Expo, more than 2 million have been to the Armenian pavilion.

The Armenian delegation also visited the Armenian and Chinese pavilions at the exhibition. Over 2m of more than 53m people that have visited the Shanghai ExPo – 2010 exhibition have taken interest in the Armenian pavilion. More than 20,000 people visited the Armenian pavilion daily. The steering committee gave a high mark to the Armenian pavilion and its computer version.

According to the Shanghai Expo 2010 website,  the pavilion invited architects around the world to submit designs for their ideal city. Models are exhibited in the center of the pavilion.

“Armenia calls itself the motherland of the apricot and the pavilion features an Apricot Garden. Visitors can taste various delicacies, while listening to music of a flute made from apricot wood. The ‘Gold and Silk’ exhibition covers China-Armenia trading history,” said the Shanghai Expo website.

“Our country wakes up every morning to see the biblical Ararat. Ararat is first of all a symbol of revival. Now, after the global financial crisis, it is obvious for us the world cannot be the same as it was before. It must change. In different parts of the world people are seeking to form a new world order. Our principal slogan today must be our duty to create a new world together. That is the reason for our idea of New City, which will not only present our notions of a dialogue between civilizations, but also create opportunities for all the people to take part in the constriction,”Prime Minister  Sargsyan said.

According to him, Shanghai ExPo – 2010 is an opportunity “for cooperation and a civilized dialogue.” Sargsyan went so far as to extend a call to global developers to build a new city in “the land of Ararat” to “open a new chapter in the human civilization’s history.”

While on his visit to Shanghai, Sargsyan met Monday with Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang for talks on expanding cooperation on agriculture, energy, mining, transportation and technology.

Kegiang described the economies of China and Armenia as “highly complementary” with “great potential for further cooperation.”

According to Kegiang, China has become Armenia’s second largest trading partner and a destination for Armenian exports.

The Chinese official called for “more friendly exchanges in culture, education, and tourism”to “strengthen the friendship between the two people.”

He also called for more friendly exchanges in culture, education and tourism between the two countries, in a bid to strengthen the friendship between the two people.


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