Ayutthaya will not host Expo 2020

There will be no Expo 2020 in Ayutthaya. The BIE has dropped the ancient Thai capital from its list after failure to receive assurances of government support.

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The campaign for World Expo 2020 Ayutthaya kicked off with a bang in August, 2010, but international organisers said it fizzled, with no sign of government support. (File photo)

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BIE rejects Thailand's bid to host World Expo 2020

Pradit Ruangdit

Akrapol: Loss was our own fault

The Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) has rejected Thailand as a contender to host the World Expo 2020 after the government failed to endorse the bid.

The BIE executive committee on Tuesday unanimously accepted a recommendation from its inquiry mission team to drop Thailand's bid to host World Expo 2020, according to BIE documents obtained by the Bangkok Post.

The team visited Ayutthaya from Jan 28 to Feb 1 this year and gave the government until April 5 to answer its questions about the project's financial, legislative, organisational and diplomatic aspects. But the failure of the government to respond had cast doubts on the project's feasibility.

The team said Ayutthaya had the potential to host the grand event, adding the proposed theme, centred on His Majesty the King's sufficiency economy philosophy, had merit.

The country's interest in the philosophy could have been shared with the world, the team said in its report.

The mission also said the theme was timely and significant at a global level. It also took stock of Thailand's experience in successfully hosting several events.

Akrapol Sorasuchart, former president of the Thailand’s Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), said Thailand's bid to host the prestigious event is not on the agenda of the BIE's two-day meeting which began Tuesday in Paris.

The meeting will consider the remaining candidates – Russia, Turkey, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Brazil, he said.

The BIE made an inspection visit to Thailand early this year and found the old capital of Ayutthaya met its key criteria, the former TCEB chief said.

However, Thailand's ambitious plan to host the world's largest fair hit a snag when the Pheu Thai Party-led government failed to confirm its support for the bid, he said.

"It would have been better if the BIE had disqualified our country or other countries had outdone us. But we lost because of our own fault," Mr Akrapol said.

campaign – a planned series of activities การรณรงค์
fizzle (out) – to gradually become less successful and end in a disappointing way จบลงด้วยการล้มเหลว
reject – to not agree with a request, offer or proposal ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
bid – an attempt to do something ความพยายาม
host – to provide the space and other things necessary for a special event ทำหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพ, เป็นผู้จัดรายการ
exposition – an event at which people, businesses, etc. show and sell their goods; a trade fair การแสดงสินค้า
contender – someone or something who competes with other people or things for something คู่ต่อสู้, คู่แข่ง
endorse – to express support for something แสดงความเห็นชอบ
executive committee – a group within an organisation which has the authority to make decisions and ensures that these decisions are carried out
unanimous – agreed by everyone เป็นเอกฉันท์
recommendation – a suggestion or piece of advice about how to solve a problem, deal with a situation คำแนะนำ หรือข้อเสนอแนะ
inquiry mission – gathering information for making a decision
obtain – to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult ได้มา, ได้รับ
financial – involving money เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
legislative – involving the part of government responsible for creating new laws เกี่ยวข้องกับสภานิติบัญญัติ
diplomatic – relating to relations between countries เกี่ยวกับการทูต
aspect – one part of a situation, problem, subject, etc ด้าน,มุม
cast doubt on – to make people feel less sure about or have less trust in something or someone ลดความเชื่อถือ, ทำให้สงสัย
feasibility – the possibility that something can be achieved ความเป็นไปได้
potential – qualities that exist and can be developed ศักยภาพที่จะพัฒนาได้
proposed – suggested as an idea for a group to consider ถูกเสนอ
theme – the main subject of something ใจความสำคัญ, ประเด็นหลัก
sufficiency economy – an economic principle under which the people of a country are able to meet their own needs by living moderately  and in harmony with the natural environment เศรษฐกิขแบบพอเพียง
philosophy – a set of beliefs or an attitude to life that guides somebody's behaviour  ปรัชญา
merit – the quality of being good and of deserving praise, reward or admiration บุญ, คุณความดี, คุณค่า
significant – large or important enough to have an effect or to be noticed  ซึ่งมีความหมาย
global level – including all the countries of the world ระดับโลก
take stock of – to stop and think carefully about the way in which a particular situation is developing in order to decide what to do next
convention – a large formal meeting of people who do a particular job or have a similar interest, or a large meeting for a political party การประชุมใหญ่
prestigious – admired and respected by people  ที่มีชื่อเสียง ที่ได้รับความนับถือ
agenda – a list of things that people will discuss at a meeting  ระเบียบวาระ
inspection – the act of looking closely at something or someone and to check that everything is as it should be; examination การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
key – most important  ที่สำคัญ
criteria – a standard that is used for judging something or for making a decision about something  บรรทัดฐาน
ambitious – needing a great amount of skill and effort to be successful or be achieved ใฝ่สูง, มักใหญ่ใฝ่สูง, ทะเยอทะยาน
hit a snag – to experience a problem ประสบปัญหา
disqualify – to not allow someone to take part in an activity because they do not meet the necessary requirements ตัดสิทธิเพราะไม่มีคุณสมบัติ
outdo – to do more or better than somebody else   ทำดีกว่า, พิชิต

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