EXPO 2017. Future Energy EXPO 2017 Participants’ Meeting In Astana


On 22–23 February Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, hosted the third meeting for the participants of the global EXPO 2017, attended by 326 delegates from more than 100 countries. This was the last and most important meeting of such scale until the opening of the exhibition on 10 June.
The delegates were provided with the key facts on the progress of the project, as well as introduced to the exhibition’s system of accreditation and operational management. It was finally stated that at the end of February the participation at the global EXPO was officially confirmed by 115 countries and 18 international organisations. This number has already made EXPO 2017 a record-breaker in terms of participants throughout the entire history of these exhibitions.
Since Kazakhstan offered a visa-free regime for 45 countries throughout the exhibition, organisers expect that the number of visitors should exceed 5 million.

Vicente Loscertales, BIE Secretary General: “Now I am sure”

Vicente Loscertales, Secretary General of the Bureau of International Exhibitions (BIE), who opened the meeting, appreciated the level of preparation for the exhibition and expressed his confidence in the success of the three-month event, which will take place in the capital of Kazakhstan.
“I want to thank the organisers of the exhibition, who approached all stages of preparation with great responsibility, bringing us to its final stage. Now I am sure that our joint efforts will lead us to success.” Loscertales said.
Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Board of the National company Astana EXPO 2017, emphasized that the organisers of the exhibition are closely cooperating with the Bureau of International Exhibitions and all participants of the exhibition. Leaders of the company had 150 meetings last year alone, including 36 meetings with prime ministers, vice-prime ministers and ministers of foreign affairs of foreign countries.
Currently the pavilions are already being commissioned to international participants for further installation works and many of them have already started construction. Mr Yessimov encouraged the rest of the participants to activate the works on their pavilions too.

All services at the Unified Service Centre

The participants of the meeting, visiting the construction site, were also introduced to the Accreditation and Unified Service Centres. The work there has already gained momentum in performing visa registration, banking, insurance, tax and other operations. The Accreditation information system minimises the time necessary to complete these procedures.
Diyas Azbergenov, Director of the Service Department at Astana EXPO 2017, emphasized that the purpose of the one-stop service centre operating 24/7 is to service the official participants of the exhibition, commissioners of the pavilions and their teams. This centre will host representatives of Kazakhstan’s state authorities and other necessary organisations, including the Ministry of Interior, tax and other institutions, enabling them to provide their services fast and efficiently. The centre will offer services regarding visa support, migration accounting, tax, customs, copyrights, sanitary epidemiological control, the use of radio frequencies, banking, insurance, logistics, notary services, consultations, translations, plane ticket sales, express mail and others.

On-line registration to the EXPO and inspection of Kazakhstan’s law enforcement bodies

Marken Akhmetov, Director of Operations and Risk Management Department at the National company Astana EXPO 2017, introduced the Accreditation Centre, which was established based on international experience in developing accreditation systems and started its operation in December last year.
“All persons wishing to gain access to the territory of the exhibition or its individual objects must register at our on-line system and pass the inspection, conducted by Kazakhstan’s law enforcement bodies. This is one of the elements, which should ensure security at the event.” says Mr Akhmetov.
Action takes place not only at the exhibition complex. The staff of the exhibition will be accommodated at a 1374-apartment campus on the EXPO 2017 grounds.
The organisers have repeatedly emphasized that they’re doing everything they can to ensure the safety of the exhibition’s participants and visitors. “We have carefully studied the experience of exhibitions in Milan and Shanghai, the Olympic Games in Sochi and Rio de Janeiro. Based on that study, we have developed an operational plan that covers all security issues. It will help to ensure maximum safety for all the participants of the exhibition.” stated Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Board of Astana EXPO 2017.

Bilateral meetings and agreements

The third meeting of EXPO 2017 participants also included bilateral meetings between Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Board of Astana EXPO 2017, and Commissioners of German, French and Lithuanian national pavilions – Dietmar Schmidt, Pascal Lorot, Romas Jankauskas, as well as Jean Claude Knebeler, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Luxembourg.
They discussed the issues of pavilion design, operations and mutual cooperation, also promotion of the exhibition in the said countries, in order to attract more tourists to this future-energy-promoting event.
Based on the memorandum of mutual understanding and cooperation, signed earlier, the meeting with Simon Clegg, Director of EXPO 2020, which will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, involved reaching an agreement to set up a bilateral EXPO 2020 Dubai-EXPO 2017 Astana working group, the purpose of which would be to transfer Kazakhstan’s experience in organising EXPO to the UAE.

Lithuanian Commissioner Romas Jankauskas elected as EXPO 2017 Chairman of the Steering Committee

The chairman of the College of Commissioners and Steering Committee was elected in a closed session of the Commissioners of the participating countries. Upon receiving official suggestions from several states, Astana EXPO 2017 Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev submitted the candidacy of the Lithuanian Commissioner Romas Jankauskas.
Mr Jankauskas has been appointed as Lithuania’s Commissioner of the world EXPO for already the sixth time. He is a member of the Bureau of International Exhibitions and was a member of the Steering Committee at the two previous exhibitions in Milan and South Korea. The candidacy was supported by Commissioners of Germany, Monaco, Poland, Japan and several other states, with no objections or offers to abstain.
In total the Steering Committee consists of 22 state representatives. During its constituent session, which took place right after the meeting of the College of Commissioners, the Steering Committee appointed three deputy chairmen – Pascal Lorot (France), Tomiyasu Nakamura (Japan) and Albina Assis Africano (Angola) .
The Committee will meet every month with the most important task – to coordinate smooth cooperation between EXPO organisers and all participants in solving important issues regarding preparations and successful course of the exhibition.

EXPO 2017 Grounds to Become a Centre of Green Technology

EXPO practice shows that the majority of campuses are not meant to stay and are usually dismounted after the exhibition. This sometimes causes as much trouble as to build them. Similar experience was shared by Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Yemen, Monaco and other countries after Hanover EXPO 2000, when pavilions, which required millions of investments, had to be removed from the exhibition area. Lithuania had sold its pavilion for one litas in order to avoid even more costs in demolishing the pavilion and managing the territory.
Only a few of extremely successful pavilions of high urban value remain and get a new life by housing companies, shopping centres, as well as objects of tourism, culture, etc. The Chinese pavilion of Shanghai EXPO 2010 is an excellent example of such reincarnation: the building has become an art museum and continues to draw crowds of people.
The organisers of Astana EXPO 2017, with its credo of Future Energy, chose a rational solution. After the exhibition the unified architectural complex built in the outskirts of Astana will not be demolished, but rather merge with the landscape of the capital and the smart spaces of pavilions arranged under a single roof will eventually house new activities. A large part of these will include renewable energy and green technology.
During the meeting at the beginning of February, when Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Board of Astana EXPO 2017, and Cihan Sultanoglu, UN Commissioner-General, Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), signed an agreement regarding UN’s participation at the exhibition, the Commissioner-General stated: “We support the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev’s initiative of opening the Centre for Green Technologies and we are ready to encourage this project. I am sure that EXPO 2017 is a great opportunity for Kazakhstan to raise the subject of renewable energy on an international scale.”
The fact that the subject has been already raised, is illustrated by the premium of 20 000 euros for the best innovative project on the topic of Future Energy, introduced during the third meeting for the participants of the global EXPO 2017. The creators and founders of the premium – Expo’ 90 Foundation of the Bureau of International Exhibitions and Japan – will award the premium for the initial development of the project. All members of the Bureau of International Exhibitions can participate at the competition and the winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition, which will take place until 10 September.


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