|EXPO Astana 2017|
|Category||International Recognized Exhibition|
|Area||113 hectares (280 acres)|
|Bidding||July 1, 2010|
|Awarded||November 22, 2012|
|Opening||June 10, 2017|
|Closure||September 10, 2017|
|Previous||Expo 2012 in Yeosu|
|Previous||Expo 2015 in Milan|
|Next||Expo 2020 in Dubai|
|Previous||Expo 2016 in Antalya|
|Next||Expo 2019 in Beijing|
|Horticultural (AIPH)||Internationale Gartenausstellung 2017|
Expo 2017 is an International Exposition scheduled to take place between June 10 and September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The expo's theme is "Future Energy", and aims to create a global debate between countries, nongovernmental organizations, companies and the general public on the crucial question: "how do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions?"
- 1 Theme
- 2 Preparation
- 3 Construction
- 4 Participation
- 5 Host selection
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
The theme chosen for the Expo 2017 is "Future Energy". The theme is aimed to concentrate on the future of energy, and on innovative and practical energy solutions and their impacts.
The Expo 2017's subtitle is "Solutions for Tackling Humankind’s Greatest Challenge." Therefore, the Expo will showcase future energy solutions tackling social, economic and environmental challenges.
On November 22, 2012, Astana was chosen by the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) as the venue to host Expo 2017. It will be the first time that a major international exhibition of this kind is coming to a country from the former Soviet Union. More than 100 countries and 10 international organizations are expected to participate. Around 2-3 million people are expected to visit the international pavilions from June to September 2017.
25 hectares (62 acres) is planned for the pavilions of Expo 2017. The site has a convenient access to Astana’s city center, the international airport and the railway station. The Expo Site is also linked with a network of Kazakhstan’s inter-city roads to ensure a quick access from all the country. Construction of the pavilions will begin April 2014[needs update] with 20 companies from Kazakhstan and 49 companies from around the globe.
Designs were considered for the grounds of Expo 2017 from architects in the UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and China. But the lead design contract was awarded to Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
On April 24, 2014, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in a capsule-laying ceremony of the Astana Expo 2017 Exhibition Center construction in Astana, which will be located near the Nazarbayev University.
On June 13, 2015, the Chief Executive Officer of Astana Expo 2017 organization committee, Talgat Yermegiyaev, was indicted for corruption. The new CEO is Astana mayor Adilbek Zhaksybekov 
In preparation for the Expo 2017 the administration of Astana launched several "smart city" projects. The projects imply introduction of digital technologies in such areas as payment, education and healthcare.
The Energy Best Practices Area (eBPA) Pavilion at Expo 2017 will showcase the 17 best energy-generating projects. These projects were selected from 136 submitted from more than 25 countries.
Over 100 companies, including Mabetex Group, Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio, Snøhetta, HOK, and Coop Himmelb(l)au, participated in a competition to design the grounds of Expo 2017. Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) won the competition.
Several construction companies in the Almaty region have been awarded contracts to build the grounds, with a cumulative value of 5 billion tenge. The main contractor Sembol Inshaat has contracts with Plast Invest Production LLP, Sonik Company LLP, PolimerMetal-T LLP and Alyugal LLP.
The number of countries that confirmed their participation in Expo 2017 by September 2016 reached 101, which is higher than anticipated.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal announced in November 2016 at the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Washington, D.C. that APCO Worldwide, a global communications consultancy, was selected as the chief organizing partner for the U.S. Pavilion at EXPO 2017. The USA Pavilion in Astana will be organized and operated by a U.S. private-sector company. However, traditionally it is managed solely by the U.S. Department of State.
Countries that have confirmed attendance
A number of countries have confirmed their participation in Expo 2017:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Republic of the Congo
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- France: France confirmed its participation on 9 April 2015. It will have a large pavilion, with a floor area of 1083 m2. France has, in the past, organised eight international exhibitions.
- Hungary[not in citation given]
- Indonesia[not in citation given]
- Iran: Iran confirmed its participation in November 2015.
- Ivory Coast
- Jordan: Jordanian Montasser al-Oklahoma confirmed country's participation on 3 November 2015.
- Marshall Islands
- Netherlands:[not in citation given] On 2 December 2015, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Kazakhstan Hans Driesser signed an agreement on participation.
- North Korea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Saudi Arabia
- Serbia[not in citation given]
- Sierra Leone
- South Korea
- Solomon Islands
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
Multinational corporations are sponsors of Expo 2017, namely Samsung, Cisco Systems, and Shell. Kazakh sponsors include NCOC, Air Astana, JSC Kazkommertsbank, JSC Samruk Energy, and JSC Kazpochta.
Expo 2017 attracted €125 million in sponsorships from large international companies. The sponsors of Expo 2017 include Samsung, Shell, Chevron and others.
Astana Expo 2017 and UN World Tourism Organization signed a memorandum of cooperation. The memorandum envisions organizing a joint conference on “Tourism and the Energy of the Future” in late June during the exposition. International organizations that confirmed their participation in Expo 2017 also include the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an intergovernmental organization headquarted in Abu Dhabi.
Ambassador for Expo 2017
On 1 July 2010, during the 147th session of the General Assembly of member countries of the BIE, held at their headquarters in Paris, Kazakhstan announced its intention to participate in the bidding process to host the International Specialized Exhibition at Astana in 2017, hence giving cities with counter-bids six months to respond. One other candidate city applied: Liège in Belgium. The winning candidate was selected by the BIE on 22 November 2012 in Paris.
The following cities bid to host Expo 2017:
|Liège||Belgium||Connecting the World, Linking People, Better Living Together|
Cities that did not bid
The following cities had considered bidding to host Expo 2017:
|Newcastle, New South Wales||Australia|
|Edmonton (see Expo 17)||Canada|
The city of Astana, which won the UNESCO Cities for Peace award, is the capital of Kazakhstan. It applied to host the International Exposition in 2017 on 10 June 2011 through Rapil Jochibayev, head of project coordination. The official presentation of the city’s application took place during the 149th General Meeting of the Bureau of International Expositions.
On 10 June 2012, the country launched its promotional campaign to support the candidacy of Astana.
The city of Astana suggested the topic of "Future Energy. Action for global sustainability"  as the exhibition’s theme. During the symposium on Astana’s candidacy, the BIE Secretary General, Vincente Gonzales Loscertales, declared:
Energy is one of RIO+20’s seven critical issues and the topic of Astana Expo gives the opportunity to gather several suggestions. Five years after RIO+20’s, Astana could represent an ideal step towards the assessment in 2012 of some of the commitments that were made…
As an element of the campaign held to support the candidacy of Astana, the committee shot the film Astana Expo 2017. "The Great Expectation of Kazakhstan". The video was awarded the Silver Dolphin prize of the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards on October, in the « corporate videos » category.
On June 15, 2013, the French government and solar energy partners in France teamed up with the Expo 2017 organizing committee to sponsor the Sun Trip. 35 bikers from around Europe, North America, and Kazakhstan traveled on solar powered bicycles from the outskirts of Paris to Astana in two months to show the world that solar energy is viable source of power.
Over ten years, it has rolled out an ambitious redevelopment strategy. The city and the conurbation are undergoing a make-over with the aim of spawning a service economy focusing on centres of excellence.
The policy of ambitious structuring projects, orchestrated by the public authorities and supported by businesses, universities and institutes, is giving the Liege region a new lease of life. While awaiting the arrival of the tram, a scheme initiated by the Walloon Government, several major projects are underway: the Royal Opera of Wallonia, an institution with an international reputation, is being restored; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will be transformed into an International Centre of Art and Culture. Not forgetting the recent inaugurations of the new high-speed train station created by the architect Santiago Calatrava, the ‘Mediacité’ leisure complex designed by Ron Aarad, the Grand Curtius museum complex, etc.
The impacts of this strategy are that the City of Liege attracts new inhabitants; it has reclaimed its position as Wallonia’s main tourist destination; Liege airport ranks eighth in Europe for freight transport (1st in Belgium), the autonomous port of Liege is the biggest Belgian inland port and the third European port in terms of transported tonnage and, what’s more, according to an independent study by Cushman and Wakefield, the district of Liege is considered as the most attractive region in Europe in logistical terms.
The district is also the seat of world-renowned companies, such as AB InBev, Mittal, Umicore, FN Herstal, Techspace Aero, EVS Broadcast, Amos or Eurogentec. Most of them have prompted the emergence of competence clusters in areas in which Liege excels: aeronautics, the metalworking industry and mechanics, space, biotechnologies, information technologies, or again, agrifood.
The city wants to build on this positive momentum to organise an event with an international scope that will constitute the crowning achievement of the economic and urban reconversion strategy of the Liege Region.
Holding an International Expo in Liege in 2017 would have offered an opportunity to:
- showcase Belgium’s strengths and success stories in the economic, scientific and cultural arenas;
- put Belgium, its Regions and Communities on the world map for all the right reasons;
- symbolise the success of the industrial and urban reconversion of the Liege Region.
Candidates in North America
In North America, at least four cities and organizations in Canada proposed staging an international exposition in 2017 to coincide with the Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation. Due to Canada's previous experiences with Expo 67 and Expo 86, and the fact North America has not staged an expo since 1986, it was generally believed among promoters that Canada would stand a good chance of winning an expo in 2017.
The earliest concerted initiative—for an expo to be staged in Montreal—was launched by Vancouver-based NGO Expo 17 Inc, which released a 51-page proposal tailored to Montreal's existing Vision 2025 report put together by the Société du Havre. The Expo 17 proposal (and web site) strongly advocated Canadian unity and social/environmental sustainability. Specifics of the proposal included "saving the Saint Lawrence River" and revisiting the Habitat 67 housing concept that had featured as a prototype for Expo 67. The proposal suggested staging up to three smaller expos (recognized, horticultural and housing expos) to achieve maximum impact and attendance. The proposal and web site were launched in 2007 on the 40th anniversary of Expo 67. The Expo 17 group, after announcing its withdrawal from Montreal, committed itself to promoting alternative sesquicentennial events, particularly of pronounced social and environmental value.
In the spring of 2009, the Department of Canadian Heritage, informed cities in Canada that any interest in staging an Expo in 2017 would have to be expressed with a Letter of Intent before May 29, 2009 followed by a full proposal no later than November 30, 2009. Ottawa, Hamilton and Montreal declined while Edmonton, with a bid proposal already prepared, decided to push forward. Albertan rival Calgary also submitted a letter of intent in late May just before the filing deadline, surprising the Edmonton bid committee and igniting intra-provincial tensions. Calgary decided not to proceed with a full proposal, deciding instead to invest in alternative ways to improve the city. Being the only remaining candidate, Edmonton was granted the sole Canadian right to bid for Expo 2017 internationally.
A high-level feasibility study was first conducted for Edmonton Expo 2017 in 2007 but the proposal moved further towards serious consideration after city representatives visited Expo 2008 (a recognized expo) in Zaragoza, Spain. On October 29, 2008, Edmonton City Council approved pursuing this next step on the condition of Government of Alberta support and cost-sharing. Themes suggested for Edmonton such as "A New Silk Road: Trade and Commerce", championed by MLA Gary Mar and city councillor Mike Nickel, indicating a commercial approach, but the proposed expo later decided to shift the focus to energy and environmental concerns, with the theme "Harmony of Energy and Our Future Planet".
The bid organizers estimated costs to total C$2.3 billion to be funded by municipal, provincial and federal governments as well as private sector sponsorship. News broke on November 22, 2010 that the federal government had declined to approve funds for the Expo - estimated at C$706 million, stating that the project was far too expensive and financially risky. Edmonton's mayor Stephen Mandel was shocked and said "I've never been as mad at anything and just so disappointed in the lack of vision of a government… This decision is frankly wrong and extremely short-sighted". The lack of federal funding effectively ended Edmonton's bid for Expo 2017.
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- Film Astana Expo 2017 « The Great Expectation of Kazakhstan »
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