Joint Media release
Joint Media release

Joint Media Release

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer and the Minister for Trade Mark Vaile

19 February 2004 

Australia at World Expo 2005 in Japan

Australia will have an enthusiastic presence at the exciting World Expo 2005 in Nagoya, Japan. Our $35 million commitment will see Australia proudly represented at this international showcase running from March 25 to September 25 next year.

Australia’s contribution reflects the importance of our relationship with Japan and our commitment to the success of the Australian Pavilion. The pavilion will showcase our unique lifestyle, diverse culture and our attractiveness as a business, tourism and education destination.  It will also demonstrate our credentials as a smart, innovative and forward-looking nation.

The pavilion’s design will be integrally linked to Expo 2005’s environmental theme Nature’s Wisdom.  Visitors will be taken on a uniquely Australian journey starting 65,000 years ago.  The platypus, an evolutionary success story since prehistoric times, will be the Pavilion’s mascot.

Our Expo preparations will be overseen by the Parliamentary Secretary for Trade Mrs De-Anne Kelly.  We are pleased to have Toyota Australia and Qantas closely involved as corporate sponsors and look forward to other companies joining our Expo participation.

We also welcome involvement from State and Territory Governments.  In 2005 Victoria and Aichi Prefecture will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sister-state relationship, just as Sydney and Nagoya will celebrate the same anniversary for their sister-city link.

Other Expo appointments include:

  • Australian Pavilion designer, Think!OTS, a young Melbourne-based production company;
  • Arts and Entertainment coordinator, Jack Morton Worldwide;
  • Australian Commissioner-General for the Aichi Expo, Ms Glenda Gauci, a senior diplomat with extensive Japan experience; and
  • Australian Business Envoy Mr Ian Grigg AM, who will develop the business program.

The Australian Pavilion’s comprehensive business promotion program will offer specialised and cost-effective business seminars and networking opportunities for Australian and Japanese business people.  Interested companies are encouraged to register their details on an on-line Business Registry specially created for the Expo business program.

We urge Australian companies to take advantage of this opportunity to target the world’s second largest economy and prosperous market.

Inquiries:  Chris Kenny (Mr Downer’s office) 02 62777 500 - Matt Doman (Mr Vaile’s office) 02 62776 058