EXPO 2017: NATIONAL DAYS OF CZECH REPUBLIC AND COMOROS ISLANDS
“Bright and memorable” this is how the Czech Republic celebrated its national day. Usually, there are a lot of visitors in the Czech pavilion. More than 100,000 people have already visited and learned about the use of alternative sources in the Czech Republic. The development of solar power is what the organizers focused on. According to pavilion guides, environmentally friendly developments of scientists attract the most guests.
YELAMAN SERIK, STAFF:
- Of course, people are attracted by the project of a flying bicycle because it is located at the entrance and visitors are surprised by it. From my point of view, the most interesting project is a garbage processing plant because it already operates and recycles organic expenses into three types of fuel. This is our future.
The presented developments are more than expositions. They are the opportunity to further apply innovations in Kazakhstan. Chairman of the Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced about this at the official opening ceremony of the national day.
KASSYM-JOMART TOKAYEV, CHAIRMAN OF KAZAKH SENATE:
- The new projects will give us a good opportunity for close cooperation. After the expo, several international organizations will be located on the exhibition’s territory, specifically, the Astana International Financial Center, the New Technology Park, the Green Technologies Development Center and investment projects as part of the UN. By the middle of the century, Kazakhstan intends to become one of the 30 developed countries of the world. I’m confident that mutually beneficial cooperation with the EU countries, including the Czech Republic, will play a special role in realization of development goals.
The Comoros islands also hosted its national day at the expo. Today, the population of the archipelago is 900,000 people. Many of them live in rural areas. Therefore, the country’s economy is based on agriculture. An acute shortage of electricity is observed in the last 10 years.
ALI MOHAMED SOILIHI, GENERAL SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, COMOROS ISLANDS:
- Today we are implementing the national plan, Comoros 2030. This will give an opportunity to resume the economy. Last year, our president began to look for sources of international cooperation to solve the issue of electricity shortages. It is planned to attract money and build power stations. I think that the expo in Astana will give us a good opportunity to solve the energy problem.
The National Day of CARICOM was held in the exhibition area. This is a community of 12 countries, which includes the states of the Caribbean Sea like Barbados, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and others. Traditionally, the national day began with an official ceremony of raising the flags of states, as well as speeches of the heads of the delegation and a colorful cultural program in the Caribbean style.
DEBORAH MICHAEL, SPOKESPERSON, MINISTRY OF TOURISM, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA:
- The Caribbean islands are very sunny since we are located between northern and southern America. This advantage gives us the opportunity to develop alternative sources of energy. For example, we have solar panels which are located in close proximity to schools, hospitals and government agencies. Due to solar power, we save on electricity bills.