Expo International Bureau (BIE)

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) (International Exhibitions Bureau) is the intergovernmental organization responsible for supervising the calendar, the bidding, the selection, and the organization of worldwide exhibitions.

The BIE was created by an international convention signed in Paris, France in 1928, which established the rights and responsibilities of the Expo organizers and participants. The role of the BIE is to supervise and ensure compliance with this Convention.

As the international governing body of Expos, the BIE provides the regulatory framework for these prestigious global events, in which countries, international organizations, civil society groups, corporations, and citizens participate.

BIE’s mission is to guarantee the integrity and the quality of the Expos so they continue educating the public on promoting innovation at the service of human progress.

Expos must be able to not only serve as point of reference for human progress in a specific field but also as a roadmap for the way forward. BIE works to ensure this.

The members of the BIE are the Governments of the Contracting Parties. BIE offices are in Paris, France, as stated in the Convention.

The BIE comprises a General Assembly, a President, an Executive Committee, an Administration and Budget Committee, a Regulations Committee, and an Information and Communications Committee.

The BIE Secretariat is under the authority of a Secretary-General. It manages the current business of the Bureau in accordance with the instructions of the General Assembly and of the Committees. The Secretariat represents the formal liaison between the Expos and BIE member states.