Kazakhstan Committed to Hosting EXPO-2017
Mar 16. MFA
An expert commission of the International Exhibition Bureau (BIE) has completed its mission to Kazakhstan.
The delegation included Chairman of the BIE Expert Commission Steen Christensen, BIE President Ferdinand Nagy, BIE Secretary General Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in France Santiago Mendioroz Echeverria, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to France Laura Faxas, expert on international relations of the Ministry of Tourism of San Marino Mauro Maiani, Director of promoting international exhibitions of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Yasushi Iwata.
During his meeting with the commission on March 14 in Ak Orda, President Nursultan Nazarbayev assured the delegates of Kazakhstan’s firm intention and capabilities to hold a large-scale event of this kind.
“Today we are pleased to show opportunities of our country as a candidate for holding the exhibition in 2017. We are committed to preparing and conducting EXPO-2017 in case of affirmative decision of the commission,” the President said.
“We will consider this as a national project. During these days of your stay in our country you have had the opportunity to meet representatives of various agencies and study the potential of Astana,” he noted.
In his turn, BIE expert committee chairman Steen Christensen stressed that the invitation of the BIE delegation to visit Kazakhstan underlines how serious Kazakhstan’s attitude to the idea of hosting EXPO-2017 is.
“The committee held a number of meetings with ministers, representatives of the lower house and the Senate of the Parliament as well as the Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce,” Christensen said. “We were assured in both political and financial support of the project.”
Based on the BIE commission’s work experts will produce reports which will be presented to more than 150 member-countries of the BIE in June 2012 for consideration. The Belgian city of Liege runs as Astana’s only rival to host the international exposition in 2017.
The theme “Energy of the Future”, proposed by Astana, will highlight the wide problem of energy conservation and promoting alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, energy, marine resources, ocean and geothermal waters, which in these days are of increasing importance for humanity. It is also relevant nowadays given the growing scientific recognition that exploding consumption of coal, oil and gas in recent decades has led to global warming.
At a briefing following all the meetings the chairman of the expert commission assessed the chances of Kazakhstan and Belgium as equal ones.
“The commission’s task is not to compare the two projects, but determine whether Kazakhstan meets the BIE technical requirements,” Christensen said.
During the meeting with the commission, Kazakhstan’s Interior Minister Kalmukhanbet Kassymov told the guests about the situation in the country and its capital Astana as well as explained the objectives and functions of the police in ensuring security during large-scale international events. Kazakhstan’s chief policeman assured the delegates of the local police’s readiness to ensure full security and public order during EXPO-2017 in Astana.
The expert commission of the Bureau International des Expositions arrived in Astana on March 11 to discuss and review the preparation work as well as the readiness of the candidate city to hold EXPO- 2017 specialized exhibition. The commission will visit Belgium in two weeks after they leave Kazakhstan.
EXPO 2017 is expected to last three months, attract 100 countries and dozens of international organizations and about five million people.