ASTANA EXPO 2017: EXPLORING FUTURE ENERGY POSSIBILITIES

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By William Cunningham

May 30, 2017

Future Energy is the theme of EXPO 2017 being held in Kazakhstan’s modern capital city of Astana starting on June 10, 2017 and running through the summer until September 10, 2017.

The United States and many other nations will have pavilions at the most modern and most environmentally friendly expo where major companies and organizations will focus on future energy themes including renewable energy sources.

Nursultan Nazarvayev, the president of Kazakhstan says, “The readiness of EXPO 2017 is at a final stage.  The excellent holding of the exhibition will demonstrate to the world the community achievements of an independent Kazakhstan.”

“Expo 2017 is a recognized expo, also referred to as an international specialized expo, and is part of the World’s Fair system.  Kazakhstan has chosen the theme ‘Future Energy’ to promote and discover sustainable, global energy solutions.

EXPO 2017 will last three months, include representatives from more than 100 countries and is expected to draw three to five million visitors, which would make it the largest international gathering of its kind Central Asia has ever seen.  It will be held during Astana’s 20th anniversary as the nations’ capital and celebrate the emergence of independent Kazakhstan as the energy and communications hub of Europe, Asia and the Middle East since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Holding an exhibition in the Central Asian region, which is the bridge between East and West, in a young country, which has developed very good relations with European , Middle Eastern countries, former Soviet republics, as well as with all countries of the Central Asian region is an additional advantage, which also strengthens the position of Astana,” says the International Exhibitions Bureau Secretary General Vincente Gonazalez, in an article in Edge Magazine.

“EXPO 2017’s Future Energy theme will promote efforts to find sustainable energy solutions to meet growing global demand.  Kazakhstan’s choice of the topic reflects the recognition by the country’s leaders and policymakers that even its vast reserves of natural energy resources are ultimately finite and that eventually the country, and the rest of the world, will have to make the transition to alternative energy sources and greener economies, relates the article “EXPO 2017 The World Comes to Kazakhstan”, in Edge magazine.

Visitors from across Central Asia, China, Russia, Europe and United States will be traveling to Astana this summer to be part of this unique expo.  In addition to the business of finding new renewable energy sources for the future, there will be plenty of entertainment and cultural events presented in and around Astana during EXPO 2017.  From boxing and other sports to music of all kind including opera, there will be something fun and entertaining for all members of families who visit EXPO 2017 this summer.

In our digital and high tech world of today, “Astana will become the first digital Expo, with video cameras and WI-FI everywhere, so that every corner of the world with access to the Internet can see the historic event,’ said Aidar Kazbayev, chairman of the Trade Committee of the Ministry of Economic development.”

“And all of this effort will not go to waste after the expo is over.  Venues built for the exposition will serve as longer-term investments by positioning Kazakhstan and its capital as an attractive center for future large international expositions and information presentation platforms.  Part of the exhibition facilities and platforms will be used as scientific laboratories, scientific centers and research institutes after the exhibition is held.  Holding EXPO 2017 comes at a perfect time for Kazakhstan.  Kazakhstan recently became a member of the World Trade Organization and that combined with EXPO 2017 will exponentially increase awareness in the global community about Kazakhstan,” in an article entitled Astana Emerges: Expo 2017 in Ottawa Life magazine.

“EXPO 2017 physical structure will reflect the chosen theme of the expo. The event will be hosted on a self-contained site that will be fully self-sufficient in terms of energy.  Each building will have solar cells and  the site will be powered by its own wind farm.  Participants will be able to travel around the site via sustainable transport and dine on organic food,” relates an article in Diplomatic Courier magazine

The United States will be represented by a National pavilion at EXPO 2017.  “Through exciting stories, stunning audiovisuals, and hands-on interactive experiences, the USA Pavilion will transform guests from spectators to innovators, who will discover within themselves the source of ‘Infinite Energy’-the energy that fuels dreams and brings people together to do amazing things.  The USA Pavilion experience celebrates this energy through the imagination, innovation, and ingenuity of the American people and our partners around the world.

The spirit of friendship and collaborative enterprise is at the heart of the USA Pavilion and America’s partnership with Kazakhstan.  As one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan after its independence and the first to open an embassy in Kazakhstan 25 years ago, the United States is proud of its strategic partnership we have mutually developed with Kazakhstan.  Participation in Astana EXPO 2017 demonstrates the United States’ continued commitment to strengthening and broadening the ever-growing ties between our two countries, states the U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol.  Ambassador Krol will also be serving as the U.S. Commissioner of the USA Pavilion at Astana EXPO 2017.

“Featuring the theme of the Source of Infinite Energy, the USA Pavilion shares the partnerships, triumphs and dreams of the American people and seeks to inspire all visitors with the key message: “The Energy in Each of Us Together Empowers the World’.  Students from American universities including the University of Wisconsin will be selected to work at EXPO 2017 in Astana to support the USA pavilion during the three month Exposition,” states a University of Wisconsin article discussing student ambassadors for EXPO 2017.

Two of the largest American corporate sponsors of the USA Pavilion will be Chevron and General Electric.  Other American corporate sponsors and supporters will include Exxon Mobil, AES, Citibank, Fluor, Mastercard, VISA, Grace, Cisco and Coca-Cola. APCO Worldwide will be the contractor for the U.S. pavilion.

A Chicago based firm, Adrian Smith-Gordon Gill Architecture Company has been designing the EXPO 2017 Astana Exhibition Hall in Astana. The Guardian newspaper has recently written an article about the beautiful, unique and interesting architecture that will be on display for visitors to view this summer at EXPO 2017.

For American, Europeans, Asians and others looking for an educational, entertaining and environmentally friendly, unique, interesting and fun vacation this summer, they should book their tickets to EXPO 2017 in Kazakhstan’s futuristic capital city of Astana.

 

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