10 Caribbean Community countries will participate in EXPO-2017. Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Suriname signed an Agreement of the participation in the exhibition in Astana. The Agreement was reached in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly at a meeting of the Commissioner of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 Rapil Zhoshybayev with the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Irwin Larocque. Rapil Zhoshybayev briefed in detail the progress of preparation for the exhibition and invited him to visit the capital of Kazakhstan.


Secretary General of CARICOM noted the importance of the theme of EXPO-2017 ‘Future Energy’ for the Caribbean, which mostly suffers from the lack of traditional sources of energy and seeks to actively develop alternative energy. The parties also confirmed their intention to maintain a close dialogue in the framework of Kazakhstan’s membership in the UN Security Council with a focus on issues of water, energy and food security.



Especially given the theme of Energy, which is very critical to us. And, it’s also an opportunity for us to sure case and highlight to who we are, what we are to make contacts in terms of investment and trade and tourism. It’s a further step in the building the relationship between Kazakhstan and the Caribbean Community. Kazakhstan has been providing some assistance to our region in terms of systemically development, which allowed us to participate fully and capture in Paris, which is very critical to establish changes and, more recently assistance from Kazakhstan that will allow us to do Water Policy, Water Resource Management for the Community.



Within the framework of the UN General Assembly, we have signed the Agreement on participation at the exhibition with Secretary General of CARICOM which includes 14 countries. There are 10 countries and the process is still ongoing. We hope that other countries of CARICOM will join us. Up to date, there are 81 countries who signed an Agreement on participation with us. And, the process will be completed by the end of this year.    


During the visit the EXPO-2017 Commissioner also held talks with the Under - Secretary General, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States Gyan Chandra Acharya and Under-Secretary General for the Sustainable Development Wu Hongbo. The parties discussed the appointment of the UN Commissioner at EXPO-2017, the thematic activities of UN Agencies at the exhibition, as well the implementation of the UN Climate Change Convention.

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