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    Worldwide universal exhibitions EXPO in scale, socio-political and economic significance - unique events, in color, comparable to the Olympic Games. This is the place of exchange of experience and the embodiment of the spirit of peaceful cooperation. It is no accident that the largest of them are estimated by contemporaries as "the concentration of the most important interests of mankind", "the ideology of the era," "the results of the century." World exhibitions played a certain role in the rapid spread of advanced inventions in the world, expansion of production, growth of trade turnover, improvement of mutual understanding between peoples of different countries.

    The decision to participate in the World Exhibitions is taken at the level of each country's governments. Their expositions are usually represented from 150 to 180 countries around the world, and the number of visitors to the world's universal exhibitions EXPO is 40-45 million people. These indicators highlight the EXPO exhibition in terms of its impact on the processes of international integration. Accordingly, the timing of the exhibition is not determined by days or even weeks. Usually the EXPO is held for 3-6 months.

    There are a number of differences between universal exhibitions and specialized international events, which are also held under the auspices of the Bureau of International Exhibitions.

    Universal exhibitions are held every 5 years and have no restrictions on the size of exhibition space. They last 6 months and are devoted to one general topic.

    International specialized exhibitions, such as "EXPO-2008 Saragossa", take place within 3 months in a territory that does not exceed 25 hectares. They are devoted to a special topic.

    The first World Universal Exhibition EXPO took place in 1851, in London under the title "The Great Exhibition of Products of Industry of All Nations of 1851". It was attended by 17,000 exhibitors from 40 countries. A total of 6 million people visited the exhibition. Over 5,000 exhibits were awarded.

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    Organizational matters for holding world exhibitions are regulated by the Paris Convention of 1928 on international (world) exhibitions. Practical issues are solved by the International Bureau of Exhibitions (IBE), created in 1928 and located in Paris, which includes representatives of 154 countries. The Republic of Uzbekistan officially entered the International Bureau of Exhibitions (IBE) on June 2, 1997.

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