Kazakhstan to establish national company for Expo-2017.

By bne IntelliNews January 16, 2013
Kazakhstan will establish a national company 'Astana Expo-2017', minister of economic development and trade Erbolat Doaev has informed. In 2013, the activity of the new entity will focus on formation of authorized directives as well as elaboration of preparatory process. The ministry will also establish a national consultancy office with Astana's mayor and the directorate for the city's facility preparation and construction. The main task of the national company will be the implementation of a substantial part of the registration dossier, the design and construction of the infrastructure and facilities in Expo-2017. The national consultancy office will be engaged in ensuring the participation of a Kazakh delegation in the meetings of the executive committee and the General Assembly of the International Exhibition Bureau. The authorities expect that more than 90% of the activities for organizing and holding Expo-2017 will be implemented this year. Kazakhstan sees Expo-2017 as a unique opportunity to promote itself as a modern and energy efficient country on the world arena. Kazakhstan plans to spend over USD 1bn for Expo-2017 preparations.

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