EXPO 2017: national days of African countries
The Democratic Republic of Congo marked its national day at Expo 2017. The country is planning to build the biggest hydropower station with a capacity of 39 gigawatts. Kazakhstan and Congo intend to develop cooperation by expanding trade and economic relations.
EMMANUEL NYEMBO KAHUMBA MUKUNDI, MINISTER OF FOREIGN TRADE OF CONGO:
- The trade turnover between our countries amounted to over one hundred million dollars last year. We are always open to new initiatives and wish to strengthen cooperation. Congo has great energy and environmental opportunities.
The Kingdom of Lesotho held its national day in EXPO 2017. The artists performed macho-bello national dance under the accompaniment of an accordion.
KAIRAT BALYKPAYEV, KAZAKH VICE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS:
- I believe that the opening of the national section of the Kingdom of Lesotho will involve this country in the implementation of the goals of sustainable growth and development of clean energy. After all, Africa is one of the fastest growing regions with great trade and economic potential.
Gambia marked its national day too. For Gambia, participation in the EXPO 2017 is an opportunity to find and attract potential investors to develop its energy sector, introduce "green" technologies, build new power plants and provide rural areas with electricity and water.
ISATU TURAY, GAMBIAN MINISTER OF TRADE:
- The international exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana provides companies with a comprehensive opportunity to establish new contacts, expand the market, access new methods and techniques to increase productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness in the world trading arena. We look forward to fruitful cooperation in trade and investment relations between Kazakhstan and Gambia and are confident that participation in EXPO will yield positive results.
The Beniners have also celebrated their day. Creative collectives of Benin surprised Expo visitors with unusual performance. Benin has also emphasized its commitment to the development of "green" energy.