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Quake-hit Haiti is offered 'special care'

THE Shanghai World Expo organizers will "take particular care" of Haiti's participation in the Expo and provide whatever help is necessary, a press conference was told yesterday.

Organizers sent condolences to the Haitian Expo group on Saturday after the deadly earthquake devastated the country, but had yet to hear whether the country would withdraw or change its exhibition plans, said Hong Hao, director of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

The Shanghai World Expo would spare no effort to help the country provide a wonderful exhibition at the 2010 event, he said.

Haiti signed up to the Expo along with other Caribbean countries in November 2008. It will exhibit in a 250-square-meter area in the joint pavilion for 14 Caribbean Community nations and the Caribbean Community organization.

Haiti's exhibition plan was to showcase the beautiful scenery of its capital city Port-au-Prince.

Courtenay Rattray, the Jamaican ambassador in China and deputy director of the Caribbean pavilion, said earlier that the earthquake had brought "great difficulties and uncertainties" to Haiti's Expo participation, but the community would work along with Expo organizers to offer help to the country at the event.


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