Kazakhstan, Germany Work to Increase German Involvement in EXPO 2017

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Germany Bolat Nusupov met with Dietmar Schmitz from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and General Commissioner of the German Pavilion to discuss cooperation between the two countries within the project, reported the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry on Jan. 29.

Nusupov talked about the extensive work carried out by Kazakhstan during the preparation for EXPO 2017 and noted the participation of Germany in the expo will spur bilateral cooperation. Taking into account the German experience of organising a similar exhibition in Hannover, as well as the presence of advanced technologies in the field of renewable energy and eco-industrial innovations, Nusupov called on German partners to participate more actively in the project, with the rapid study of all organisational and legal aspects.

The German expo commissioner noted that during this period Germany has done a great job in this area and is completing the internal procedures to develop the German pavilion and prepare for the signing of a corresponding framework agreement.

According to Schmitz, EXPO 2017 will help diversify the Kazakh economy. He also proposed the use of a Kazakh stand at the March 9-13 International Tourism Fair ITB-Berlin to present and promote EXPO 2017 in the international arena.

Germany was one of the first EU countries that confirmed participation in EXPO 2017 in Astana. In June 2015, the German government held a tender, where Hamburg Messe und Congress was entrusted to construct the German pavilion in Astana.

Also, multinational company Siemens AG has declared its readiness to be a technology partner of EXPO 2017.

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