(By Dr Shahid Qureshi – Astana, Kazakhstan): – Today the plan of attracting 100 states to the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO 2017 has been fulfilled.
According to the EXPO 2017 Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev, in line with the Registration Dossier, submitted by the Republic of Kazakhstan, minimum 100 states should participate in the Exhibition. Thus, the above mentioned plan has been fulfilled; however the work has not been completed. The campaign on attracting international participants will be continued until the end of the year. In addition, currently activities are being conducted on appointing commissioners of national sections and signing participation agreements.
During last two years, the Kazakh side was actively involved in attracting international participants. The Kazakh side conducted negotiations with leaders in the sphere of renewable and alternative energy sources as well as with developing states inviting them to take part in the Exhibition and use this platform to share experience and advanced technologies. Many leading states in the sphere of green technologies have already confirmed participation. Among them are China, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Finland, Saudi Arabia, India, Vatican, Germany etc.
The Commissioner noted that “success of EXPO was always connected with the number of participating states and technologies presented at the Exhibition”.
It should be noted that the Central African Republic became the hundredth state that confirmed participation. The CAR is a member of the Group of Twenty (G20) and one of the most developed countries of the African continent. Having started developing RES in 2010, the CAR now provides over 1000 MW of solar energy for the state.
Thus, less than a year is left before EXPO 2017, the plan on attracting participants has been fulfilled, Kazakhstan enters the final straight. In October pavilions will be transferred to participating states, its content stage will begin.
“It is expected that Expo event will connect Kazakhstan with world financial centers and help development in the region” said senior British analyst Dr Shahid Qureshi