Saudi Arabia with Riad won the competition for Expo 2030 in the first round of voting in the 173rd General Assembly of the Bureau international des expositions, in Paris, obtaining two thirds of the consensus equal to 119 votes out of 182 voting countries. With 29 votes, Busan, a city in South Korea, ranked second and Rome, the capital of Italy, came third with 17 votes. The delegation ofSaudi Arabia has announced a party for this evening at Place Vendome. During the day, starting from 14pm, the three competing countries had 30 minutes each to present the project. For Rome three testimonials spoke: Trudy Styler, Bebe Vio and Sabrina Impacciatore. Tennis player Jannik Sinner sent a video.
The main speech was that of the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, who in a video message invited people to "vote for Rome" because "it also means creating a platform for youth from all over the world, to study together and start new businesses together. Initiatives of all kinds, start-ups, new research projects, innovative solutions, in a hybrid format, physical and digital,” she said.
“Voting for Rome today also means trusting the Italian experience in welcoming millions of visitors from all over the world, each of them feeling at home. Voting for Rome today means building our future together. Choosing Rome Expo 2030 means choosing all of this. Choose Roma, let's bring history into the future,” added Meloni. At the Palais des Congres d'Issy in Paris today the following came to represent Rome and Italy: the Minister of Sport, Andrea Abodi, the vice-president of the Lazio Region, Roberta Angelilli, the mayor Roberto Gualtieri, together with the Expo 2030 promoting committee chaired by the ambassador Giampiero Massolo.