The World of Spices Cluster Working Group at Pirelli Skyscraper
Afghanistan, Grenada, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Tanzania e Vanuatu. These are the countries having participated to the working group of the World of Spices Cluster organized by Expo Milano 2015 on 18th July at Pirelli Skycraper.
Before this working group, Expo Milano 2015 had already invited countries interested in the development of the other thematic Clusters: rice; coffee; cocoa, cereals and tubers; legumes and fruits; arid zones and bio Mediterranean.
“The world of Spices – stated Mr. Liborio Stellino, diplomatic adviser of the General Commissioner of Expo Milano 2015, Mr. Roberto Formigoni - is related not only to food but also to history, to culture and to the identity of different people. It is the first example of globalization that allowed the meeting among different worlds and traditions”.
Mr. Stefano Gatti, Director of the International Affairs Department of Expo 2015 Company, explained the concept of the nine Clusters of Expo Milano 2015 and the related opportunities for the participating countries: “Cluster – he explained – is an innovative model of participation: Countries that are interested in the development of a shared theme will group together within the same architectural project by keeping their identity”.
All the attending representatives looked interested in the project. “The Cluster is a unique proposal that allows countries to make their products known by keeping their identity”, stated Afghanistan Ambassador, Mohammad Musa Maroofi. “Even if Afghanistan hasn’t confirmed its participation yet - he added – I’m glad having taken part in the meeting today”.
Shanta Williams Cox, Senior Officer of Grenada Ministry of Environment, Trade and Export Development said: “The solution of Cluster is welcoming because it offers countries the opportunity to learn by each other and to share experiences. As soon as I come back in my country – she carried on – I will try to convince the Government to participate to Expo Milano 2015”.
According to Gothami Indikadahena, Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO, the most important advantage of Expo 2015 Clusters is the overcoming of the traditional geographical settings: “Instead of the common pavilions of past Expos, Clusters give relevance to the products and their origin”.
Even James Msekela, Tanzania Ambassador, was satisfied with the participation to the working group: “This first meeting allows me to inform the Government properly. I hope it will confirm soon the participation to the 2015 event. The proposal of Expo Milano 2015 – he explained – is extraordinary because it combines innovation and technology with nutrition, sustainability and food security. Tanzania is the leader in the trade of spices. That’s why we can’t miss this opportunity!”