The USA National Pavilion organizers announced that Cargill has signed a letter of intent to become a Pavilion Partner of the USA National Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. During the six-month duration of the Expo, Cargill will host their community neighbors, customers,partners and senior government officials within the USA National Pavilion. Cargill will also highlight innovations in sustainable agriculture and promote advancements in food safety for "Better Lives".
During the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, Cargill volunteers will invite Chinese rural children to visit Expo 2010 as part of Cargill's plan to promote the Expo's " Better Life" theme to the countryside as well as cities.
The 2010 Shanghai World Expo will be held from May 1 through October 31, 2010 with a projected 70 million attendees, 95% of whom are expected to come from Mainland China. This will be China's first role as host of a world expo. 190 economies have already committed to participate.
At over 60,000 square feet, the USA National Pavilion will be one of the largest pavilions at the Expo. It will showcase American culture, values, and businesses in China's most dynamic city, while at the same time celebrating the friendship and cooperation between the U.S. and China.
In accordance with U.S. legal requirements, the USA Pavilion is being operated through a non-profit organization. The entity, Shanghai Expo 2010 Inc., is co-chaired by Ellen R. Eliasoph and Nick S. Winslow. The U.S. Department of State is prohibited by U.S. federal law from spending appropriated funds in international expositions. Therefore, U.S. private sector participation is essential to raise the necessary funds to design, build and operate the USA National Pavilion.