ASIA - Kazakhstan has won its bid to be the official host of the International Expo in 2017.
Expo 2017 will be held from 10 June to 10 September 2017 in the capital Astana, and is expected to be attended by more than five million people worldwide. Kazakhstan proposed the theme ‘Future Energy’, looking at the need to conserve traditional energy resources and how nations and industries can get behind alternative energies.
The nation received the most votes during the 152nd General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) in Paris against rival bidder Belgium, scoring 103 over the latter’s 44. The two other bidders, Edmonton in Alberta, Canada and Newcastle in Australia, pulled out prior to the final vote.
Kazakhstan is the first country in central Asia to submit an application for a specialised international expo. Organising such an event in its capital Astana is another step in plans to renewing its economy based on environmentally-friendly and cleaner energy resources.
“Votes showed Astana received the vast majority of Expo members, and demonstrates that Kazakhstan is gaining more recognition as a country that can hold such large-scale events,” its president Nursultan Nazarbayev said following the announcement.
“It is a great honour and a big pleasure to Kazakhstan, and we look forward to welcoming representatives from more than 100 states.”
The event will follow the 2015 World Expo, which will be held in Milan. Several countries are currently competing for the 2020 World Expo including Dubai (UAE), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Ayutthaya (Thailand), Izmir (Turkey) and Ekaterinburg (Russia).
In March, Iteca and the Kazakhstan exhibition portal Expo.kz joined forces to develop the exhibition and conference market in the central Asia country.