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EXPO 2017 best pavilions awarded as exhibition closes, legacy lives on

12 Sep 2017 12:31 PM | Yelena Arkhangelskaya (Administrator)

Astana Times, 12 September 2017

ASTANA – EXPO 2017, Kazakhstan’s biggest and probably most ambitious event, ended Sept. 10.

While  the  average  was  22,840  guests  daily,  slightly  more  than  100,000  visited  on  the  last  day, according to officials. Its legacy and impact will last for years. Nearly  140  scientific  inventions  in  the  renewable  energy  field  received  exposure  thanks  to  theexhibition.  Expo  also  served  as  a  stimulus  for  local  scientific  projects,  said  Kazakh  President Nursultan  Nazarbayev  in  his  closing  ceremony  remarks,  addressing  15  heads  of  state  whoparticipated as guests of honour and an audience of 2,200. “More than 1,400 small and medium-sized enterprises received orders for services and goods for $1.9 billion, while tens of thousands of people got new jobs with worthy wages. The tourism sector of Kazakhstan saw a revitalisation. The demand for tour operators’ services almost doubled during the three months,” he noted.

Astana was nominated the “City of the Future” by National Geographic Traveler magazine and the organisation featured the capital in its documentary “Megastructures: Astana – City of the Future.” Approximately 196 companies and 200,000 individuals were involved in the expo construction. One  hundred  and  fifteen  countries  and  22  international  organisations  took  part  in  the  exhibition, which  opened  June  9.  Each  participating  nation  presented  its  own  vision  and  concept  of  future energy and showcased its latest technological achievements in the energy field.

The International Exposition Bureau (BIE) awarded 24 gold, silver and bronze medals of honour, certificates and prizes to participants and pavilions in several categories. The Gold Medal – BIE’shighest award – was given to Nazarbayev for his contribution and success in hosting the exhibition. A second gold was awarded to international participants for their spirit and support.

Medals of honour were presented to the Astana EXPO 2017 national company for its dedication and high  professionalism,  the  capital’s  authorities  and  citizens  and  expo  commissioner  Rapil Zhoshybayev for attracting such a large number of participants. Certificates of merit were given to all expo volunteers for being the backbone of the exhibition and the expo’s communications service for covering the event in the media.

BIE announced an additional award and $24,000 cash prize to the National University of Lesotho.  “The  EXPO  2017  Astana  edition  of  the  BIE  Cosmos  Prize  has  been  awarded  to  the  National University  of  Lesotho  for  its  initiative  to  design  and  produce  low-cost  solar  collectors.  Jointly awarded by the BIE, the Expo ’90 Foundation and the expo, this year’s edition of the BIE CosmosPrize was  open to  not-for-profit projects  and  citizen and group initiatives working  in  the area of ‘Future Energy,’ the theme of the expo in Astana,” noted the official BIE statement.Russia received the gold award for exhibition design among type A pavilions (more than 700 square metres). The silver award went to the United Kingdom, the bronze to the Republic of Korea. For theme development, the gold award was presented to Germany, with China and France receiving the silver and bronze, respectively.

Among type B pavilions (400-700 square metres), Qatar was granted the gold award for exhibition design, with Azerbaijan receiving the silver and Monaco the bronze. For theme development, the gold award in the category was given to Switzerland, with Hungary receiving silver and India the bronze.For type C pavilions (less than 400 square metres), the gold award for exhibition design was granted to  Poland,  with  silver  going  to  Slovakia  and  bronze  to  Latvia.  Finland  received  the  gold  award, Singapore the silver and the Czech Republic the bronze in theme development. Among category  D pavilions  (joint pavilions within  the plazas), the Caribbean Community plaza received the gold award for exhibition design, with the Pacific Ocean plaza taking the silver and the Latin American plaza the bronze. The theme development awards were given to Tajikistan (gold), Ghana  (silver)  and  Ukraine  (bronze).  Honorable  mention  went  to  the  International  Organisationsjoint pavilion. Close to 3.8 million people visited the exhibition, nearly twice as many as the 2 million anticipated by expo officials. The event closed with late-hour grand fireworks.

ASTANA  –  The  international  green  technologies  centre  to  open  in  Astana  next  month  will  help Kazakhstan transition to a green economy and will focus on renewable energy throughout Central Asia, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said at the recent Eurasian KAZENERGY forum, Kazinform reports. “An international centre of green technologies and future energy investment projects will be creater on the basis of EXPO in the coming month. Its tasks include transforming the energy sector and the transition to a green business. It will cooperate with the industrialised (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) OECD countries, with Russia, China, the United States, India, and countries of Latin America. The centre will become a worthy continuation of EXPO’s practice. The centre  will  be  focused  not  only  on  Kazakhstan,  but  on  the  entire  Central  Asian  region,”  said Bozumbayev.

Delegates  of  the  two-day  forum  also  discussed  sustainable  energy  source  management,  climate change and carbon dioxide emissions reduction. The gathering also discussed energy efficiency and smart energy as well as nuclear and uranium industry development. Kazakhstan  is  the  world’s  leading  uranium  supplier  and  that  market  is  expected  to  grow,  said Bozumbaev.

The  minister  noted  that  Kazakhstan  uses  traditional  and  renewable  energy  sources,  saying  the country hopes the share of renewable energy sources will be 3 percent by 2020, 10 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050. “Undoubtedly,  we  feel  the  influence  on  taking  these  responsible  decisions  on  the  further development of the industry. I am confident that by joint efforts we will be able to build a reliable foundation  for  an  effective,  cleaner  and  greener  future  of  energy.  We  are  obliged  to  provide precisely this kind of future to the next generation of power engineers,” Bozumbayev concluded.