The International Exhibitions Bureau ((フランス語:Bureau International des Expositions), ''BIE'') is an intergovernmental organization created to supervise international exhibitions (also known as expos or world's fairs) falling under the jurisdiction of the ''Convention Relating to International Exhibitions''.
==Founding and purpose==
The BIE was established by the Convention Relating to International Exhibitions, signed in Paris on 22 November 1928, with the following goals:
*to oversee the calendar, the bidding, the selection and the organization of World Expositions; and
*to establish a regulatory framework under which Expo organizers and participants may work together under the best conditions.
To April 13, 2015, 168 member countries have adhered to the BIE Convention.
The BIE regulates two types of expositions: Registered Exhibitions (commonly called World Expos) and Recognized Exhibitions (commonly called International or Specialized Expositions). Horticultural Exhibitions with an A1 grade, regulated by the International Association of Horticultural Producers, are recognized since 1960.
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