The schedule of preparation for EXPO 2017 in Astana and the significance of the event were discussed at the second International Participants Meeting (IPM) in Astana Feb. 24–25. More than 270 representatives of expo working groups from more than 100 countries took part in the meeting, where presentations by government officials, International Bureau of Expositions (BIE) officials and the Astana EXPO 2017 National Company were made.
“EXPO 2017 will become a platform to demonstrate humanity’s achievements in the field of green energy and solutions to issues the rational use of energy sources,” said Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Dariga Nazarbayeva during the opening session of the IPM. She noted that Kazakhstan has stepped up its green energy efforts, implementing 14 renewable energy projects with an aggregate capacity of 120 megawatts, and that last year electricity generated from renewable sources reached around 700 million kilowatt hours.
BIE Secretary-General Vicente Loscertales, addressing the meeting, said “The significance of the theme – Future Energy – makes this specialized expo a very large one in terms of ideas, to display opportunities to make a real difference globally.” For Kazakhstan, he said, EXPO 2017 will be a chance to position itself as a country with a commitment to greening its economy and promoting renewable energy sources and green technologies; for participants, “Astana will be a unique opportunity to display their ideas and the vision.”
Chairman of the Astana EXPO 2017 National Company Akhmetzhan Yessimov and company’s team presented updated information on preparation for the exhibition, including technical details about expo architecture, pavilion structures, commercialization plans and methods of sales. During his speech, Yessimov noted that the Astana EXPO 2017 Company and the BIE secretariat are cooperating closely and that all schedules have been approved. According to Yessimov, the construction of international pavilions is underway and will be completed by November this year. “At this time we will be ready to hand over the spaces to the international participants,” he said.
To entertain the 2.3 million visitors expected to attend EXPO 2017, 3,517 different events outside the expo site and 3,296 inside the site have been planned for the duration of the event. These include conferences, fairs, concerts and other activities.
According to the government of Kazakhstan, more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the exhibition. So far, 75 countries and 14 international organizations have officially confirmed their participation in the event.