Autumn 2018 Update

On 26 March 2018, the Australian Government announced it would participate in the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. Running from 20 October 2020 to April 2021, this will be the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa or South Asia.

Expo 2020’s theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future will explore how global challenges can be addressed through the interlinking themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. It's expected that around 25 million visitors will attend and that 70 per cent will come from outside the UAE, the largest proportion of international visitors in World Expo history.

Procurement by the Australian Government and Expo 2020 provide opportunities for Victorian companies to win business in the UAE, showcase their capabilities to a global audience and build their reputation within the Middle East and North Africa. Expo 2020 has earmarked 20% of its Dh25 billion budget for contracts with SMEs, providing a unique opportunity for smaller companies to access the market.

Opportunities exist in:

  • Services – architectural, engineering, urban planning, facilities management, consultancy services and training (retail, food logistics, service delivery).
  • Innovation – liveability and sustainability, clean energy, waste management, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, health, R&D and transport.
  • Food and beverages – premium food and beverage products, solutions to food waste and food packaging.

Opportunities to supply the Australian Government will be advertised on AusTender. As at 3 April 2018, there is currently an open tender for Lead Consultant Services (Pavilion Design & Architecture).

Opportunities to supply goods and services to Expo 2020 are advertised on the Expo Procurement Portal. Tenders are open to companies from around the world, and SMEs are encouraged to apply.

Start-ups with innovative ideas may wish to apply for the next round of Expo 2020’s Innovation Impact Programme (IIP). IIP funds novel and innovative solutions which support the Expo’s key themes, such as opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

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