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
As 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.