Celebration of superfoods and green energy as biodiverse Bolivia marks its National Day at Expo 2020
DUBAI, 17 November 2021 – Bolivia’s biodiversity and cultural richness were on show today (17 November) as the South American country celebrated its Expo 2020 National Day with a colourful programme that culminated with a superfood tasting event at the Bolivia Pavilion.
As the Agrupación Boliviana Wara band entertained visitors with their blend of native Bolivian instruments, including a diverse range of melodies and rhythms of native music, Creole and fusion, Her Excellency Raquel Orozco Tapia, Expo 2020 Commissioner General of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, was welcomed by Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Commissioner General Office, Expo 2020 Dubai.
Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali said: “We are pleased to have Bolivia’s dedicated presence here at Expo 2020. Under the title ‘Bolivia, Where Energy Is Life’, the pavilion contributes to strengthening the image of Bolivia as a culturally and ecologically diverse country. The exhibition focuses on Bolivia’s great development potential in key areas of the new post-pandemic global economy, such as alternative energy sources, electric vehicles, and superfoods.
“The pavilion promotes Bolivia as the energy centre of South America, with various investment opportunities to be explored in renewable energy and technology, and highlights the country to our visitors as a novel eco-tourism destination.”
HE Raquel Orozco Tapia said: “The physical distances that separate the UAE and Bolivia are large, but, to me, it seems we share a similar spirit of resilience, effort and tenacity in [the] face of an imposing geography. Both the UAE and Bolivia have the tenacity to build opportunities out of nothing. What better place than Dubai as an example of the human capacity to overcome all limits, to transform itself into one of the centres of world trade and architectural innovation?
“Such examples of not just overcoming adversity but thriving has been a lesson for us all throughout the pandemic. Expo 2020 Dubai is unique as it provides an opportunity to share with each other the global challenges that the pandemic has left in its wake, and seek solutions together. I have met so many happy, positive people at Expo 2020 that even though I am so far away from my country, I feel like I am at home.”
“Our pavilion has three main topics: the first is superfoods – Bolivia is very rich in grains, seeds and cocoa and we are particularly proud of our Royal Quinoa; the second is technology – we have an electrical car and bike in the Bolivia Pavilion and are offering a unique opportunity to governments and companies that want to invest in renewable energy; the third is eco-tourism – we are very proud to present our biodiverse landscapes, culture and food to the world.”
Located in the Sustainability District, the Bolivia Pavilion reveals why lithium could be the energy source of the future and how the country is the perfect eco-tourism destination, from the spectacular peaks of the Andes to the teeming wildlife of the Amazon. Visitors can also find out why superfoods, such as quinoa – which originates from the Bolivian Altiplano, the high flat plain in the Andes – offer huge potential, try some of these culinary offerings and enjoy a range of cultural and artistic presentations.
National and Honour Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of our 200-plus International Participants, shining a light on their culture and achievements and showcasing their pavilions and programming. Each features a flag-raising ceremony at the Stage of Nations in Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.
Running until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 invites visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.