EXPO 2017: national days of Chile, Iran, and Bolivia
Expo participants are marking their national days. Chile has pleased the visitors with an unusual concert program. The audience enjoyed the performance of the famous Tupa Marka folklore ballet. Various landscapes of Chile were projected on stage screens during the performance.
JIMENA JARA, DEPUTY ENERGY MINISTER OF CHILE:
- Over the last four years, we have seen a rapid development of solar and wind energy. In Chile, 18% of energy is generated from these two elements. At present, the global energy sector is on the verge of transformation. Alternative energy sources are replacing the traditional ones. This can cause the biggest revolution of the last decade. We met our counterparts in Astana to discuss this problem.
Iran has also marked its national day. An Iranian band performed a mix of traditional and modern music. Iranian pavilion presents its visitors a journey into the past, present and future of alternative energy. This year, the country launched a new solar power plant located in Isfahan. In addition, the Iranians are developing the potential of wind and hydropower.
HOSSEIN ESFAHBODI, DEPUTY MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, MINE AND TRADE OF IRAN:
- This exhibition lets our experts and specialists learn about the enormous technological progress in the field of renewable energy. We are ready to implement joint projects with Kazakhstan in the field of investing and using clean energy sources. I think that EXPO 2017 in Astana will give impetus to our cooperation in trade, industry, as well as joint investment.
The Kingdom of Tonga marked its national day at the EXPO 2017. It is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising of 170 islands in the Pacific-Ocean region. Tonga has ambitions plans to reach 50% use of renewables. They launched their energy program in 2010
SEMISI KIOA LAFU SIKA, MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE, TOURISM AND CULTURE OF TONGA:
- Also greater challenges resources capacities, this Astana EXPO provides a timely and important platform to map a way forward to progress efforts towards attaining accessible, reliable, affordable, safe and sustainable clean energy. An efficient and effective energy sector is fundamental to support a lively use. 25:07
The national day of multinational Bolivia began with a raising the flags of both countries and playing of hymns followed by a concert. Bolivians performed their national dances and songs, played their musical instruments. The event ended with a national parade with the participation of artists and a visit to the country’s pavilion.
ENDARA VERA WALTER CLAREMS, DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN TRADE OF BOLIVIA:
- We all are united by EXPO 2017 today. We are happy to be the exhibition participants because we have something to show. The expo theme, alternative energy sources are relevant. I think we should invest in this sphere because this is our future.