Address of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Kazakhstanis in connection with the decision of the International Exhibitions Bureau to hold EXPO-2017 in Astana

Dec 07. Kazpravda

Dear Kazakhstanis!

Address of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Kazakhstanis in connection with the decision of the International Exhibitions Bureau to hold EXPO-2017 in AstanaAs you know, Kazakhstan has won the right to host in Astana the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017.

We have won this right from a strong contender – the Belgian city of Liege that had the experience of hosting such an international event.

This is a great success of Kazakhstan.

EXPO is an event of global scale, comparable in importance to world economic fora, and as a tourist attraction- to the most popular sporting competitions in the world.

Over more than 160 years these international exhibitions were mainly held in the countries considered economic giants – the U.S., France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Canada, the UK, Spain, China and others. Now Kazakhstan is to be the host.

This achievement is evidence that we have become a respected nation in the world.

The majority of the 160 BIE member-nations voted for us. Practically the whole world has chosen Astana!

Therefore, holding EXPO-2017 is also a huge responsibility of Kazakhstan to the world.

We have only five years to make all the preparations for it: to build an exhibition center, new hotels, roads, develop transport and to be ready to receive guests.

This task is grandiose.

In 3 month, approximately 5 million foreign visitors will have visited the EXPO-2017.

All the countries will get their pavilions ready under the theme of the exhibition- “Future Energy”.

As the experience of the past suggests, such exhibitions have an enormous impact on the development of cities and countries where they took place.

It is a splendid opportunity for our country to get new energy and “green” technologies.

It is billion-dollar investments, which will arrive in Kazakhstan in the time of preparation for and holding of EXPO-2017 and further use of its facilities.

A State Commission has been formed for the preparations for the exhibition.

A construction site for a new exhibition center was chosen in Astana.

Five years will pass quickly.

Winning the right for hosting EXPO-2017 is the success of all the people in Kazakhstan.

I have no doubt that all the Kazakhstanis will take an active part in the preparations for the International Exhibition.

I believe that EXPO 2017 will be another golden chapter in our history.

I ask you, my fellow citizens, to pool the efforts in getting our country ready for this grand-scale international event.

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