In 3 months, Astana will become a platform for demonstrating the world’s best developments in energy conservation and the use of alternative energy sources. Over 640,000 tickets for Expo 2017 have been already sold. Mazhilis members will also visit the international exhibition. MPs inspected a number of facilities that are still being constructed and finished facilities, and also took part in the meeting on preparation and holding of Expo 2017.

SHAVKAT UTEMISSOV, MEMBER OF MAZHILIS:

The impressions are very positive. Previously, it seemed to us that there was still a lot of work to do, but it turns out that many facilities have been almost completed. Some pavilions have already been commissioned to foreign participants.

90 countries have already received pavilions at the Expo 2017 site. In addition, Expo will feature the zone of best practices with the most advanced projects and the forum of future energy with large-scale discussion platforms. Special service centers have already opened in the test mode. The centers, for example, will provide visa, customs and tax support for the exhibition guests.

DIAS AZBERGENOV, DIRECTOR, SERVICE SUPPORT DEPARTMENT ASTANA EXPO 2017 NC:

In general, the center will provide more than 12 services. In addition to government agencies, other services will be provided in this center, such as banking services, so that the participants after registration would be able to open bank accounts and conduct their economic activities. In addition, insurance, logistics, postal services are provided.

At the meeting with the MPs, the organizers stressed that security will be ensured during the international exhibition. Special measures have been developed for this purpose.

YERBOL SHORMANOV, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF BOARD, ASTANA EXPO 2017 NC:

With the efforts of the National Security Committee, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Security Service, Astana Expo, there are 8,000 employees who will provide security throughout the entire territory, in the nearby districts and the Expo site. Since March 1, we have launched the test mode Security Center, connected with all the above-mentioned agencies.

115 countries and 18 international organizations have already confirmed their participation in the Expo. The national company expects about 5 million visits. The major number of tourists will come from China, the CIS and Europe.

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