The International Bureau of Exhibitions highly appreciated preparations for «EXPO-2017»
In Paris, the delegation of the National Company «Astana Expo-2017» headed by the Chairman of the Board Akhmetzhan Yessimov took part in the 160th General Assembly of the International Bureau of Exhibitions (IBE). In his speech, the head of the National Company presented the preparations for the Exhibition, as well as the company’s plans for the forthcoming period.
To date, participation in «EXPO-2017» has been confirmed by 106 countries and 17 international organizations. 103 commissar of sections was appointed, 89 contracts were signed. The holding of 67 National Days has already been booked. Work is underway to implement the Program of Assistance to Developing Countries. Technical sessions were held for the Silk Road countries, Egypt, international organizations, Latin American countries, the Caribbean Community, African countries and the Pacific countries. The design of the pavilions, participation concepts and various organizational issues were discussed. A Unified Service Center has been created in which all the guests and participants of the Exhibition will be able to quickly and conveniently receive all the necessary services from the state bodies of our country. A Unified Service Center will begin its work in a week, from December 1, 2016.
Regarding the construction works, according to the Chairman of the Board of the national company, they continue according to the schedule, 90% of works have been completed.
«The first 5 countries have already received their pavilions. I would like to take this opportunity to urge the participants to start the installation works as soon as possible. The pavilions are at your disposal. Also, the construction of EXPO-town was completed and we are ready to receive guests. To date, 360 apartments have been reserved and we are waiting for the next booking requests», Akhmetzhan Yessimov said.
Also, the head of the national company dwelled more on the content of the Exhibition, spoke about the Pavilion «Kazakhstan» and the Zone of Best Practices. Recall, an international contest was announced, within the framework of which 133 applications from 25 countries of the world were received. The international selection committee selected 24 best projects.
«There is no doubt that this pavilion will arouse great interest both among professional participants and ordinary visitors of the Exhibition», the head of the national company said.
As a result of the presentation, the management and the members of the IBE positively assessed the preparations for the «EXPO-2017».
«Our priorities are to arrange a beautiful exhibition with interesting pavilions and publicly promote Kazakhstan and its beautiful citizens, as well as other citizens from all over the world in Astana. They will have to make three discoveries for themselves – Kazakhstan, which is a fantastic country, then Astana is a miracle in the middle of the steppe and «EXPO-2017», which I am sure, will be a successful and wonderful event!» – said the Secretary General of the IBE, Vicente Lossertales.
In addition, the IBE Assembly announced that starting from January 1, 2017, a visa-free regime will be established for the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as Malaysia, Monaco, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Lithuania, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus. This became known after the speech of the Chairman of the Board of “NC Astana EXPO-2017” – Akhmetzhan Yessimov.