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Global Energy Future to be discussed at Astana EXPO-2017
The development of mankind cannot be imagined without the use of energy. Its major sources are still oil, coal and gas, which have a negative impact on the environment and human health.
According to the IEA, in almost 1.5 century, the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has gone up by almost 40%. At the same time the world’s energy demand and production are growing at a record pace. Not only does the current situation give rise to concern, but it also calls for an active engagement of the international community in finding alternative solutions, including increasing investment in renewable energy.
The International Specialized Fair “EXPO-2017” – “Future Energy” in Astana will address such pressing global challenges as global warming and the reduction of CO2 emissions, energy safety, conservation of the planet’s biodiversity, equal access to energy and equal opportunities for the economic development of all countries.
“EXPO-2017” will become a global platform that will bring together representatives from more than 100 countries, as well as key international organizations, including the IAEA, OPEC, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Petroleum Council. They will discuss current energy policy and try to develop a new energy model to ensure sustainable development of the planet
with minimal risk to the environment.
The highlight of “EXPO-2017” will be Energy Best Practices Area (eBPa) that will feature the most advanced technology, projects, sustainable energy strategies: the production, conservation and use of energy, combating climate change, access to energy in developing countries.
“EXPO-2017” will also be a new and vibrant tourist destination that will enhance any tourism product while the tourists will experience unforgettable emotions and feelings. Tickets for the Astana EXPO-2017 became available online on June 10. Starting July 10, tour operators from all over the world can purchase discounted tickets for the Fair.
Astana, which is located at the intersection of two civilizations, between East and West, is rightly considered to be the central hub of Eurasia. More than 2 billion people live and work a five-hour flight away from Astana.
The portfolio for the tourist product «EXPO-2017» has already been created; it includes visits to the most beautiful places of the country: 12 natural parks covering unique places like Sharyn Canyon, Kolsay Lakes, Borovoe, Bayanaul and Karkaraly National Park; the sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Tamely petroglyphs and monuments along the Silk Road; special areas, such as the Baikonur Cosmodrome).
Kazakhstan creates favorable conditions for foreign guests. Last year the visa regime for 20 developed countries was cancelled unilaterally. January 1, 2017 will see the introduction of a visa-free regime for the OECD countries, as well as Malaysia, Monaco, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. In December 2015 an “ADS” (Approved Destination Status) agreement was signed with China to further simplify the visa regime for tourist groups.
Astana, which is located at the intersection of two civilizations, between East and West, is rightly considered to be the central hub of Eurasia. More than 2 billion people live and work a five-hour flight away from Astana. It is a steadily growing and developing city. The post exhibition complex will contribute to the development and growth of its international prestige and importance. In particular, based on the EXPO-2017 infrastructure, the International Finance Centre “Astana” will be created. The capital of Kazakhstan will become the finance gates of Eurasia, a centre of attraction for investment and innovation. Conditions beyond compare will be created for the Participants of the International Centre and will be unlike any other in the entire post-Soviet area. The centre will operate a special legal regime based on the principles of English law. The Independent Court of the Centre, composed of international judges, will ensure transparency, fairness and protection of investors’ rights.
The high-tech infrastructure of EXPO-2017 will enable the Centre to implement projects aimed at the development of the “green” economy. The International Finance Centre will have a beneficial effect on the sustainable socio-economic development of Kazakhstan and the entire region. Besides, following the Fair, National pavilions will be converted into offices and laboratories and turned into a Science and Technology Park.