In November 2012, Astana won the bid to host EXPO 2017, one of the largest international expos of the decade. The 156 member nations of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) met in Paris and decided by an overwhelming majority vote of 103 countries that EXPO 2017 will be held in the capital city of Kazakhstan. “I want to inform you that we have just achieved another big victory for our country,” President Nursultan Nazarbayev told a special press conference in Paris when he announced the news. “This is the greatest achievement at the international level of Kazakhstan’s independence.”
“This will be a turning point for Kazakhstan: It will start a whole new chapter in economic development,” the president said. “I want to emphasize the importance of the fact that for the next five years the whole world will be talking about Kazakhstan,” the president said, adding that expos offer the opportunity to showcase and advance the latest technological, scientific and cultural achievements.
The “Expo 2017” is a major stride to establishment of Kazakhstan as an international exhibition, information and presentation floor, but also a good opportunity for the host country to increase its international visibility and prestige in its geographic region but also in the world.
Kazakhstan has chosen the theme “Future Energy” to promote and discover sustainable, global energy solutions and to unite the global community in responding to global energy challenges.
EXPO 2017’s Future Energy theme will promote efforts to find sustainable energy solutions to meet growing global demand. Kazakhstan’s choice of the topic reflects the recognition by the country’s leaders and policymakers that even its vast reserves of natural energy resources are ultimately finite and that eventually the country, and the rest of the world, will have to make the transition to alternative energy sources and greener economies.
The recognition, income and interest the expo is expected to generate will also be felt beyond Astana, says President Nazarbayev.
“For us, the EXPO has to become a mega-project which will benefit each and every region,” the president told a gathering in Astana of mayors and governors from around the country. “This will give a powerful impetus to the innovative development of the country.”
About the Exhibition:
The forthcoming exhibition held under the motto “Future Energy” will highlight one of the vital subjects, the world community concerns about – alternative energy sources.
The main theme of the Expo is divided to sub-themes: “Reduction of CO2 emissions,” “Energy-efficient lifestyles” and “Energy for all.”
The event theme is embodied in the bright and laconic logotype “Expo 2017”: the petals, asymmetrically located in a circle, symbolizing energy and perpetual motion.
EXPO 2017 in Astana will run from June 10 to Sept. 10, 2017. More than 100 countries are expected to take part and 51 have already confirmed their participation, as have 11 international organisations, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Bank, the Energy Charter Treaty, the European Commission, Sustainable Energy for All, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and a number of UN agencies.
The total area of the EXPO 2017 complex is 174 hectares and 38 facilities are planned to be built within it. The exhibition area will house the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan; international, thematic and corporate pavilions; and shopping and entertainment facilities. A conference centre, press centre, houses and hotels are planned for outer zones. All objects will be put into operation in September 2016.
During the World’s Specialized Exhibition 2017, the member-countries will demonstrate the achievements and prospects for utilization of renewable energy sources and such advantages as ecological cleanness, low operating cost and safety to the environment. The “Expo 2017” will become a milestone event for Kazakhstan: no international exhibition of such level has been held in the Central Asian region and CIS countries before.
Paris Forum to Discuss ‘Climate Change and Energy of the Future’
The Future Energy Forum will gather international experts in Paris on Dec. 9 for an event to be held on the sidelines of the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, announced the press office of EXPO 2017.
Nazarbayev University and the EXPO 2017 National Company will jointly host the Future Energy Forum as part of the preparations for the international specialised exhibition in Astana, astanatimes.com informs.
The 2015 Future Energy Forum with the theme “Climate Change and Energy of the Future” is the second in a series of pre-expo international conferences.
The forum will offer an opportunity for formal and informal discussions, leading to a transfer of knowledge and strengthened relations between individuals, institutions and nations, say organisers.
Insights and recommendations from the forum will be used to develop the programme for the main Future Energy Forum in Astana, which will take place during EXPO 2017.
The previous Future Energy Forum was held in Astana in 2014. The event became a platform for the development of research projects on the Future Energy theme and its sub-themes: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, introducing energy efficient technologies and ensuring universal access to sustainable energy. More than 500 leading energy experts, scientists, nongovernmental organisation leaders and representatives of the public sector attended that event. The issues discussed were climate change, environmental and energy security, investments in projects to reduce emissions and acquisitions and waste disposal.
EXPO 2017 Logo to Mark Air Astana Aircraft Fleet
The first EXPO 2017 logo has been emblazoned on the fuselage of an Embraer 190, the result of a memorandum of cooperation between Astana EXPO 2017 and Air Astana, the largest national carrier in Kazakhstan, astanatimes.com reports. The signing ceremony was held Aug. 17 with the participation of company president Peter Foster and Astana EXPO 2017 company Chairman Akhmetzhan Yessimov.
All 30 aircraft in the fleet are expected to be marked. The aviation company is the official carrier of the coming exhibition and is also an official partner of the event.
Starting next year, the partners will begin implementing a joint campaign to promote the exhibition in international markets. The Air Astana business network currently includes more than 40,000 agents and passengers traveling with the airline during the exhibition period will be able to visit EXPO 2017 for free.
“The aircraft branding is an important step to further develop the expo project and also marks the beginning of the practical means of partnership with Air Astana”, said Astana EXPO 2017 public relations department head Sergei Kuyanov.
“EXPO 2017 has several ultimate goals, one of which is the development of tourism in Kazakhstan. We expect more than 2 million tourists to come and this is an achievable number. The Astana EXPO 2017 national company has already signed several agreements with the world’s largest tour operators, which are ready to start sales of tours to Kazakhstan in 2017. They will offer package tours, such as visiting the exhibition and Burabai resort or Almaty city,” he added, according to astanatimes.com.
The event will be dedicated to green energy, including energy consumption issues as well as the use of energy-efficient technologies. According to Foster, one of Air Astana’s main goals continues to be the question of reduced emissions into the atmosphere.
Milan Passes EXPO Flag to Astana at Closing Ceremony
Kazakhstan’s pavilion was ranked in the best three for opening theme and content, it was announced at the closing ceremony for EXPO 2015 in Milan Oct. 31, the press service of the Astana EXPO 2017 National Company reported.
“EXPO Milano 2015 is considered a big boost for the future success of EXPO 2017 in Astana. The Kazakh pavilion, without false modesty, has become a triumph of the Italian exhibition. Our pavilion is very organic and is the essence of national traditions and modern development of the country,” said Rapil Zhoshybayev, commissioner of EXPO 2017 and first deputy minister of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan.
During the official closing ceremony, Chairman of the Astana EXPO 2017 Company Akhmetzhan Yessimov and Zhoshybayev received the flag of the International Bureau of Expositions (BIE) from BIE Secretary General Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales and Commissioner General of EXPO 2015 Bruno Pasquino.
“This is a very serious and responsible step for Kazakhstan. The expo has become a national project of the country for the next two years. Our country has become the author of several global initiatives. And we are confident in its success,” stressed Zhoshybayev.
Referring to the theme of EXPO 2017, “Future Energy,” Zhoshybayev said it “expresses the international community’s concern about the energy that’s having a growing impact on the planet.”
“This theme is very current and in line with global economic processes. Over the past several decades, most crises have begun over energy,” he said.
“We have already started projects to develop infrastructure and logistics, which involve building new road thoroughfares. In particular, in Astana, we are planning for high-speed buses, intelligent transportation systems, an upgraded railway station, an airport expansion, the introduction of new lines of air communication, a full transition to international quality standards and construction of a number of social facilities, hotels and business centres meeting international standards,” said Zhoshybayev.
“Holding the EXPO in Astana will create a trio of historically important events for Kazakhstan [that year], along with the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence and the 20th anniversary of the capital city Astana,” Zhoshybayev added according to astanatimes.com.
Romania prepares to participate in Expo 2017
Romania’s participation in Expo 2017 has been recently discussed with the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commissioner of EXPO-2017 Rapil Zhoshybayev , on the occasion of the official visit paid to Astana by a governmental delegation from Bucharest.
According to www.strategy2050.kz, Zhoshybayev expressed gratitude to the Romanian side for its support of Kazakhstan’s initiative on holding of EXPO-2017 and stressed that the upcoming participation of the Romanian side will give a new impetus to the partnership between the two countries, that have an excellent cooperation in the energy field.
Romania has officially confirmed this year its participation in the International Specialized Exhibition “Astana EXPO-2017: “Future Energy” .