En­ergy Expo in Kaza­khstan 2017

The Diplomatic Insight - - Expo 2017 - Muham­mad Asif Noor The writer is Chief Co­or­di­na­tor, Pak-SCO Busi­ness Coun­cil.

J En­ergy” is open­ing in As­tana, many large and huge in­vest­ment and en­ergy re­lated com­pa­nies are pre­par­ing to par­tic­i­pate in one of the largest en­ergy ex­hi­bi­tion in Kaza­khstan start­ing from June till Septem­ber this year. In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tions Bureau(BIE) cho­sen As­tana as the venue to host EXPO-2017, which will fo­cus on the theme “Fu­ture En­ergy”. This theme is meant to high­light the “fu­ture of en­ergy but also on in­no­va­tive and prac­ti­cal en­ergy so­lu­tions and their global im­pact’. It also aims at cre­at­ing a global de­bate be­tween coun­tries, groups, NGOs, com­pa­nies and gen­eral pub­lic on the cru­cial as­pect of en­sur­ing safe and sus­tain­able ac­cess to en­ergy for all. Here be­ing a lead­ing en­ergy hub and pro­ducer, role of Kaza­khstan in or­ga­niz­ing and host­ing such a pres­ti­gious event is a great step for­ward which will add to a credit to the coun­try for work­ing in col­lab­o­rat­ing ways in en­ergy sec­tor. Now 112 coun­tries and 18 par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Ex­hi­bi­tion. It is also ex­pected that around 2-3 mil­lion peo­ple are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in this event. The Expo, which is tak­ing place on a site cov­er­ing 25 hectares, will be open be­tween 10 June and 10 Septem­ber 2017. The Expo will al­low Gov­ern­ments, or­ga­ni­za­tions, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, the busi­ness sec­tor and con­sumers to write and agree on a set of di­rec­tives and rec­om­men­da­tions to meet global chal­lenges re­lated to en­ergy. Writ­ten in the form of a Man­i­festo, th­ese di­rec­tives will aim at pro­mot­ing a new code on the so­cial and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions needed to tackle the is­sue of en­ergy. Dur­ing the Expo, the de­bates and con­fer­ences hosted by the Fu­ture En­ergy Fo­rum will give way to the core con­tent of the doc­u­ment.The is­sues the Man­i­festo will ad­dress are: The man­age­ment of en­ergy as a re­source that im­pacts our lives and the en­vi­ron­ment; The theme and sub-themes of the Expo; The pro­mo­tion of sus­tain­able demo­cratic and re­spon­si­ble en­ergy fu­ture and the need to ad­dress the is­sue of en­ergy through col­lab­o­ra­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent of Kaza­khstan Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev, “Nowa­days Kaza­khstan is rec­og­niz­able on many as­pects. - as a ma­jor en­ergy state, as the lead coun­try for the ex­trac­tion of ura­nium ore, as a wheat ex­porter, as the owner of the vast nat­u­ral re­sources. But now we need to show the new Kaza­khstan, look­ing to the fu­ture”. And be­ing the host of such a phe­nom­e­nal of the coun­try. Se­lec­tion of Kaza­khstan as en­ergy re­source rich coun­try is ac­tu­ally giv­ing a recog­ni­tion to the com­mit­ment of Kaza­khstan for ad­her­ing to and im­ple­men­ta­tion of Green Bridge and Atom Projects ini­tia­tives at in­ter­na­tional diplo­matic vic­tory. This is the most im­por­tant event that the coun­try is host­ing since its in­de­pen­dence. The recog­ni­tion and se­lec­tion of Kaza­khstan to host such a global event is pro­vid­ing the coun­try an op­por­tu­nity player in all the prospec­tive sec­tors. The cap­i­tal city of Kaza­khstan As­tana is an ideal lo­ca­tion to dis­cuss the is­sue of Fu­ture en­ergy be­cause the Kaza­khstan is an oil pro­ducer since 1911 and has launched the tran­si­tion plan to green its econ­omy by 2050 and be­come a hub for re­search and in­no­va­tion on en­er­gies. Based on Jeremy Rifkin’s “Third In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion”, the Kazakh Green Econ­omy plan is built mod­ern­iza­tion of in­fra­struc­tures, im­prove­ment of the well-be­ing of the pop­u­la­tion and the qual­ity of the en­vi­ron­ment and im­prov­ing na­tional se­cu­rity in­clud­ing wa­ter se­cu­rity. Expo As­tana 2017 is one of the sev­eral key projects that will lead the way to­wards green devel­op­ment. As­tana is Asia’s north­ern­most cap­i­tal. Due to its con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion in the cen­tre of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lo­gis­tics hub. It func­tions as a bridge be­tween Europe and Asia. The city is fa­mous for its mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture, in­clud­ing some de­signed by lead­ing ar­chi­tects such as Nor­man Fos­ter and Kisho Kurokawa. Since be­com­ing the cap­i­tal of Kaza­khstan in 1997, As­tana’s pop­u­la­tion has tripled, reach­ing 1 mil­lion cit­i­zens. EXPO is good anti-cri­sis project, - said the chair­man of “As­tana EXPO-2017” Akhmet­zhan Yes­i­mov. - So we signed co­op­er­a­tion mem­o­ran­dums with the may­ors of all Kaza­khstan re­gions to sup­port do­mes­tic pro­duc­ers. As a re­sult to­day we have at­tracted 322 do­mes­tic pro­duc­ers, signed con­tracts worth a to­tal of 150 mil­lion USD, the project has al­lowed cre­at­ing and sav­ing about 50 thou­sand work­places through­out Kaza­khstan. In ad­di­tion we have at­tracted 126 mil­lion Euros as spon­sors, as well as 600 mil­lion USD as an “Fu­ture En­ergy” is the most win-win op­tion for cur­rent anti-cri­sis scheme. Re­new­able en­ergy sources are on the fo­cus of all coun­tries and global com­pa­nies.

Colom­bia and Barbados) were bribed by th­ese as­pects They are ac­tively ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of wide­spread us­ing re­new­able en­ergy sources. For ex­am­ple, in Chile, where the min­ing in­dus­try de­vel­ops, so­lar and wind en­ergy is be­ing used in­creas­ingly. De­spite the great wind and geo­ther­mal en­ergy is de­vel­oped. Colom­bia - the coun­try that pro­duced its own car on so­lar en­ergy al­ter­na­tives in re­new­able en­ergy area. Mex­ico, be­ing one of the oil-pro­duc­ing coun­tries, is ac­tively searching for new forms of en­ergy. Ac­cord­ing to Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the BIE (Bureau of In­ter­na­tional Ex­po­si­tions) Vi­cente Loscer­tales - “guests of ex­hi­bi­tion would be sur­prised by main three dis­cov­er­ies. There is Kaza­khstan as a fan­tas­tic coun­try, As­tana is a mir­a­cle in the mid­dle of the steppe and the “EXPO-2017”, which I’m sure will be a suc­cess­ful and won­der­ful event”. In gen­eral Kaza­khstan has done a great job for the last pre­ced­ing year. 130 in­ter­na­tional pav­il­ions were built. Cen­tre of Pub­lic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions will be built within Cen­tre and Me­dia Cen­tre will be placed. Af­ter ex­am­in­ing the built in­fra­struc­ture, the Kazakh leader Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev said: - we need to use max­i­mally new and in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies that will be demon­strated at the ex­hi­bi­tion”. Among other coun­tries, Pak­istan will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Expo 2017 wherein last year as state­ment by the Trade Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Pak­istan(TDAP) said that the Sec­re­tary of TDAP signed agree­ment to par­tic­i­pate in As­tana Expo-2017. This agree­ment was signed dur­ing the “In­ter­na­tional Par­tic­i­pant Meet­ing” held in As­tana.

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