President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation To Attend EXPO 2017 Astana

Kazakhstan: Litany Of Abuses Continues, Even Under EXPO 2017 Spotlight

President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to attend the EXPO International Fair on “Future Energy” in the city of Astana on August 28, 2017.

The Honorable Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy, will lead the delegation.

Members of the Presidential Delegation:

The Honorable George Krol, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Honorable Kevin Cramer (R-ND, At-Large District), U.S. House of Representatives

Mr. Ray W. Washburne, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Ms. Lisa Curtis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia, National Security Council

Mr. Ronald J. Pollett, Vice President of General Electric, President and CEO of General Electric Russia/CIS

Expo 2017 is an International Exposition taking place from June 10 to September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The expo’s theme is “Future Energy”, and aims to create a global debate between countries, nongovernmental organizations, companies and the general public on the crucial question: “How do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions?”

On November 22, 2012, Astana was chosen by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) as the venue to host Expo 2017. It will be the first time that a major international exhibition of this kind is coming to a country from the former Soviet Union. More than 100 countries and 10 international organizations are expected to participate. Around 2-3 million people are expected to visit the international pavilions from June to September 2017.

Over 100 companies, including Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio, Snøhetta, HOK, and Coop Himmelb(l)au, participated in a competition to design the grounds of Expo 2017. Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) won the competition for the design idea. The main project, according to the design was realised by Swiss company IT-Engineering.

Several national and international construction companies have been awarded contracts to build the grounds. The main contractor Mabetex Group, and Sembol, CC Bazis-A LLC, ABK Kurylys-1 LLC, Turquaz-YDA Stroy LLC, Sredazenergostry LLC have completed the construction part.  The financing of project is done by the Kazakhstan Government and some private investor like Plast Invest Production LLP, Sonik Company LLP, PolimerMetal-T LLP and Alyugal LLP.

115 states and 22 international organizations confirmed their participation in EXPO 2017 in Astana. This turnout exceeded the organizing company’s expectations of 100 countries and 10 international organizations.