A few days and the World Expo in Kazakhstan will be held under the theme “Future Energy”. All Kazakh governmental and private institutions and authorities contributed towards the success of this event, which was attended by 115 countries and 22 international organizations. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt and Qatar participated with huge pavilions and distinct programs on sustainable, clean and green energy.
The exhibition is an important international platform for the future of sustainable energy and a magnet for new technology, as well as a great opportunity for young scientists to present their ideas even if they seem unrealistic. All countries and participating institutions developed the theme of the Astana exhibition and shared their experience in renewable energy sources. For example, China presented on China’s energy development history with the help of interactive 3D techniques and demonstrated on the “artificial sun”- a model of fusion reactor created by Chinese scientists.
Rapil Zhoshybayev, Kazakhstan’s National EXPO 2017 Commissioner recounted the story of the preparations for the biggest event of the year for Kazakhstan and the world, he spoke about what to expect during the exhibition and what future use there will be for its premises once all the pavilions are vacated in September. Korea also showcased smart networks, fuel cell vehicles, and advanced energy-saving solutions. The Netherlands offered 3D projection using 3D technologies and sound effects to tell the history of state-of-the-art technologies and advanced innovations. He added that the UK would introduce graphene, a material of the future that could significantly change the methods of power generation and consumption. Germany showed modern electric cars and smart homes that generate more energy than they consume. Switzerland offered environmentally friendly homes using new technologies. Romania introduced the world’s fastest laser and Thailand introduced renewable energy technologies using agricultural waste.
On the international events accompanying the exhibition, Rapil Zhoshybayev said, a number of major international and cultural events were organized during the exhibition. Along with the official opening ceremony of the 2017 exhibition, the SCO summit was also held.
The Kazakh official said as large numbers of delegations and tourists arrived at the same time he organized a number of major international conferences with the participation of ministers of energy and tourism. The closing ceremony of the exhibition coincided with the first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on science and technology with the participation of heads of member states.
The main attraction of the Expo 2017 was the American Silicon Valley and Stanford University, whose graduates founded many start-ups, Bangalore, Silicon Valley in India and the main industrial park of Skolkovo in Moscow. The major innovation centers in the Commonwealth of Independent States; Australian universities such as the Australian National University and Monash University; and the leading universities in Singapore, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.
He said that there were 47 cooperation agreements signed with tourism associations in the world, including the Pacific Islands Travel and Tourism Association and tourist associations from Russia, China, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and others. More than 30 agreements have been signed with foreign tour operators on ticket sales to the Expo.
In addition, the Caravan Expo was also launched. This is an interactive mobile suite that uses new technologies such as 3D printer, enhanced reality glasses, solar chargers and interactive touch screens to provide an opportunity to get detailed information about Kazakhstan and its capital and regions and help explain why Astana Expo is worth visiting.
After Expo 2017
The buildings and infrastructure of Expo 2017 will be used to establish the Astana International Financial Center (IFC), the International Center for the Development of Green Technologies and Investment Projects under the United Nations, as well as the International Technology Park of Emerging Companies. The Commission will follow the model of advanced financial centers in the world such as London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore. In order to attract foreign investment actively, the Center will provide unprecedented conditions. It will be based on the principles of English law that will ensure justice and increase trust in Kazakhstan among foreign investors. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed the creation of a marque.