The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) commended Astana’s preparations for EXPO 2017 as a Kazakh delegation led by First Deputy Foreign Minister and EXPO 2017 Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybaev and Chairman of the Board of the Astana EXPO 2017 national company Talgat Yermegiyaev reported to the Bureau’s Executive Committee in Paris on Oct. 15.
Zhoshybayev briefed committee members on preparations to host EXPO 2017 in Astana implemented since the 155th BIE General Assembly officially recognised Kazakhstan’s bid on June 10 and on fulfillment of Kazakhstan’s obligations to the BIE, including ensuring the legal basis for the EXPO organisation.
He also elaborated on the start of EXPO 2017 international promotions, outcomes of his international visits to confirm countries’ participation in the exhibition, public relations campaigns, communications tools and events. He also announced plans for the first meeting of international participants of EXPO 2017 and the first forum dedicated to the theme “Future Energy,” scheduled for Oct. 22-24 in Astana. Heads of government bodies of foreign states responsible for their participation in the EXPO as well as various experts in the field of renewable and alternative energy will be attending these events.
Talgat Yermegiyaev reported on the preparatory status of the registration dossier and its main parts, including the theme of the EXPO, master, content, communication, commercialisation and financial plans and post-exhibition use of objects. He also informed on the progress of construction and other activities of the Astana EXPO 2017 national company, emphasising that all the sites of the exhibition would be finished in time and assuring the committee that Kazakhstan was making every effort to organise a qualitative exhibition.
At the end of the meeting, the committee commended the work done by Kazakhstan. Earlier, during an International Communication Committee session on Oct. 7, BIE General Secretary Vicente Gonsalez Loscertales underlined the high level of preparedness of the Astana team and the quality of its structured presentation on EXPO 2017 promotions, particularly underlining the non-standard application of communications tools and efforts to attract a diverse audience.
At the executive committee meeting, the BIE committee also heard reports on preparations for the Milan EXPO 2015, Horticultural EXPO Antalya 2016 and Dubai EXPO 2020.
The Kazakh delegation and the BIA leadership agreed to organise a visit of BIE General Secretary Loscertales to Kazakhstan Oct. 20 through Oct. 23.
EXPO 2017, scheduled for June 10 through October 10, 2017, is dedicated to the theme “Future Energy” and seeks to foster action to reach energy efficiency. Participants from more than 100 countries, 10 international organisations and various leading companies in the field of innovative technologies are expected to attend the event.