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US closes in on Expo pavilion cash goal

THE United States Expo group has raised about two-thirds of the US$61 million needed to build and run its pavilion for the 2010 World Expo.

Construction on the pavilion would be finished by the end of the year, Shanghai US Consul General Beatrice Camp said yesterday.

Camp said steel construction would be finished in October.

The USA Pavilion will provide a picture of what American cities might look like in 2030, with the theme of "Celebration 2030."

In one of the main shows of the pavilion, visitors will get to "meet" a group of people from the future who were inspired by the Shanghai Expo 20 years previously.

Camp said an urban roof garden would showcase US sustainable agriculture and organic food production techniques. Vegetables grown there would be served in a restaurant of the pavilion.

The US signed an Expo participation contract on July 10, becoming the 240th confirmed participant for the event.

The pavilion will be at the very west of the Pudong section of the Expo site. The plot is regarded as a "golden area" as it is close to one of the Expo entrances.

Its budget includes about US$20 million for construction, US$20 million for production of the pavilion's shows and promotions, with the rest set aside for operations during the six-month period of the Expo.


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