Hosting EXPO-2017 International Specialized Exhibition in Astana is one of the key projects of Kazakhstan. The initiative to host a large scale event in the capital of the country belongs to President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
On June 10, 2011 Kazakhstan’s bid was officially presented in Paris to the Secretary General of the International Exhibitions Bureau (IEB) Vincent Gonzales Loscertales. From that moment on, Kazakhstan officially joined the competition to host EXPO-2017 in Astana.
On June 12, 2012 official presentation of Astana’s bid to host EXPO-2017 was held at the 151st General Assembly of the IEB in Paris, which included a video address of the President of Kazakhstan. In his speech, Nursultan Nazarbayev said the country would make every effort for the successful organisation of exhibition in its capital city.
The theme of the exhibition is the “Energy of the Future” and is dedicated to the alternative energy sources and “green” technologies.
On November 22, 2012 as a result of secret ballot voting, which involved 161 member states of the International Exhibitions Bureau, Astana was chosen as the venue to host EXPO-2017, receiving 103 votes. Thus, EXPO-2017 will be the first exhibition to be hosted by the member country of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The World Exhibition in Astana will last 3 months. It will be open to some 100 countries and about 10 international organizations. It is expected that more than 2 million people will visit the exhibition.
The theme of EXPO-2017 “Energy Future” will let to attract the world’s best energy-saving technologies, technological advances and existing renewable alternative energy sources.
The exhibition will provide a powerful impetus to diversification of economy and technological upgrading of production facilities along with the scientific grounds of the country. The preparation for such a big event involves the domestic small and medium enterprises, including into the construction of exhibition facilities and infrastructure.
During the days of EXPO-2017, Astana will be filled with the spirit of different cultures from all over the world. Every day various concerts, shows and other entertainment activities will be held at the exhibition.
On November 26, 2012 President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the Decree ÈÒ436 “On the establishment of the State Commission for the preparation and holding of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017”.
In April 2014, the President launched the construction of EXPO-2017 exhibition complex located near the Nazarbayev University.
The complex will comprise 4,000 apartments, a new hotel, a Congress Hall, and an indoor city stretching from the university to the center. The exhibition area will involve the national pavilion of Kazakhstan, as well as international, thematic and corporate pavilions. There will be located shopping malls, entertainment and service facilities as well. The total area of the exhibition stands at 174 hectares.
The facilities will be maintained with the help of the energy-saving technologies. The buildings will be certified according to the BREEM international standards.
After the exhibition the facilities of EXPO-2017 will be used for the new financial center titled Astana that will also have a special status.
Kazakhstan is a member of the International Exhibitions Bureau since 1997 and has been taking part in EXPO since 2005.