Reem Al-Hashimi, Minister of State and Director General of Bureau Expo Dubai 2020 Managing Director of the Dubai World Expo 2020, spoke very highly of Kazakhstan’s efforts to prepare for the International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO-2017.
She expressed this opinion at a bilateral meeting with Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Board of National Company Astana EXPO-2017. The parties met in Dubai at the first meeting of international participants in EXPO 2020 Dubai.
Moreover, Reem Al-Hashimi appeared interested in exchanging experience with Astana EXPO-2017. In his turn, Akhmetzhan Yessimov spoke about Kazakhstan’s international initiatives to promote the theme of the exhibition in Astana and preparation for the event.
At the meeting, the parties reached an agreement on signing a memorandum on cooperation between Astana EXPO-2017 and EXPO 2020 Dubai. The document is to be signed in January 2017 at a summit on future energy in Abu Dhabi.
Mr. Yessimov also held meetings with the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Hussain Nasser Lootah, Mayor of the city of Dubai; and Vicente Loscertales, Secretary General of the International Exhibition Bureau (Bureau International des Expositions, BIE). The head of Dubai city said that on his visit to Kazakhstan he had been impressed by the country.
At the meeting with Vicente Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE, Akhmetzhan Yessimov elaborated on the progress of construction, the content of the exhibition and the arrangement of the Best Practices Area, which will feature over 20 world’s best projects in production, conservation and transportation of renewable energy sources. As Chairman of the International Selection Committee, Mr. Loscertales pointed out that he was to arrive in Kazakhstan in September.
About Astana EXPO-2017
The International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO-2017 with the theme “Future Energy” is an expositional and recreational event that expects over 100 participating countries and over 10 international organizations, and 5 million visits.
The subthemes of EXPO-2017 are:
Reducing CO2 emissions. The environmental challenge: to protect our environment and promote trends that lead to environmental enhancement.
Energy conservation. The economic challenge: promote energy efficiency and the rational use of energy.
Energy for all. The social challenge: energy access as a basic human need and right.