Kazakh Delegation Showcases its Expo Bid at Masdar

Jan 17. MFA

Kazakh Delegation Showcases its Expo Bid at MasdarA delegation from Kazakhstan is taking part in the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) which opened on January 16 in the framework of the international week at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi.

The Summit organizers call it a platform of the future, as this is the place where the issues of future energy generation and rational use will be discussed.

For Kazakhstan, WFES is an important space for an open and fruitful dialogue on the issues of alternative energy development. It goes very much in line with the “Energy of the Future” theme proposed by Astana as a subject for its bid to host an Expo in 2017.

According to Aidar Kazybayev, the head of the Kazakhstan delegation and Chairman of Committee of Trade of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, “in June 2011, our country has officially filed an application to hold the International specialized exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana. Given the extreme importance of the issues of energy and environment, Kazakhstan proposed “Energy of the Future” as a theme for the exhibition. The theme will broadly cover the problem of energy conservation and introduction of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, marine resources, ocean and geothermal waters.”

The development of alternative energy, despite the rich natural resources, is one of the priorities of the country. Kazakhstan’s potential in the fields of renewable wind and solar energy is very high. To date, in the frameworks of the State Programme of Accelerated Industrial-Innovational Development (PAIID) the development indicators are set for renewable energy. According to these indicators, by 2014, more than one billion kilowatt hours of electricity should be produced from renewable energy resources. These are the initial plans for growth in this sector for Kazakhstan.

It is expected the Summit will be attended by more than 26,000 people, including 3,000 delegates and 650 companies participating in the exhibition that will showcase 20 national pavilions. Along with numerous experts and delegates to the summit, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chinese PM Wen Jiabao, the UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, and WWF International Director General Jim Leape are expected to participate in the event.

Heads of leading states, politicians, industry experts, scientists and investors from more than 100 countries will meet to discuss the main topics such as analysis and assessment of renewable energy market, the use and investment into renewable energy and clean technologies, addressing the most critical issues connected to the global climate change.