Turkey's deputy premier visited the Expo 2008 fair in Zaragoza (Saragossa) city of Spain on Sunday.
Deputy Prime Minister & State Minister Hayati Yazici toured the Turkish, German and Spanish stands, particularly the stand of the Spanish CAF firm that sold ten fast train sets to Turkey, and attended the "Turkish Day" celebrated at the fair area.
Yazici then returned to the Spanish capital of Madrid. He is expected to fly to Turkey later on Monday.
The theme of the Expo Zaragoza 2008 is "water and sustainable development." It was opened on June 14th and will end on September 14th.
Turkish Aegean city of Izmir lost a bid in March to host the EXPO--cited as the third largest event in the world in terms of economic and cultural impact, after the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games-- in 2015.
The EXPO events held once in five years are large-scale and the others that take place in-between are small-scale events. The EXPOs stay open for 180 days, and the investments for the event is usually around 10-15 billion USD. In some cities, this figure rise to 25 billion USD.
EXPOs have changed its host cities radically so far, and left monumental buildings in these cities. Eiffel Tower in Paris, Atomium in Brussels, Crystal Palace in London, Vasco de Gama Bridge in Lisbon are among these monuments.
Last Mod: 14 Temmuz 2008, 10:15