EXPO 2017: National days of Switzerland and Turkey
Every day at EXPO 2017 the participating countries introduce visitors to innovations, customs, and cultural features. Switzerland celebrated its national day, too. The holiday began with a solemn raising of the flag and hymns of the two countries, as well as a welcoming speech by Kazakh Minister of Finance Bakhyt Sultanov and Swiss President Doris Leuthard. She highly appreciated Kazakhstan's contribution to the development of alternative and renewable energy and noted the development of bilateral relations over the past 25 years. The event continued with a rich cultural program. According to the tradition, the participants got acquainted with the pavilion of the country in detail. Dozens of innovative projects in green technologies are showcased in the pavilion. The pavilion consists of interactive thematic homes where visitors can measure their personal energy balance and study the impact of climate change. The Swiss pavilion has the Flower Power name.
DORIS LEUTHARD, SWISS PRESIDENT:
- Expo with the topic future energy can be a most important cornerstone in building a sustainable future for the next generations. I would like, therefore, to express my gratitude to the government and the people of the Republic of Kazakhstan the administration of the national company of Astana Expo 2017.
By 2025, the share of renewable energy in Turkey will reach 30%. Now this segment of the economy accounts for only 18% or 72 gigawatts of electricity generated in the country. Turkey presented its latest developments in green economy at EXPO 2017. The Turkish pavilion is one of the largest by area at the exhibition. In the double store pavilion, organizers showcase interactive presentation of the main natural resources available in the country. Visitors can see new energy preservation technology that is used in manufacturing of double-glazed windows. It helps save up to 50 percent of electricity, due to an unusual gas that keeps the heat and prevents it from getting outside.
TIMUR SULEIMENOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF ECONOMY:
- They will use these glasses at their new airport in Istanbul. We definitely need to see it because this saves huge amount of energy. This is a practical application of those technologies that Turkey brought here, which we can use at home.
Belarus presented its scientific and technical developments in the field of power engineering at EXPO 2017 in Astana. This country also celebrated its national day. It was held with the participation of Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov and head of the Kazakh government Bakhytzhan Sagintayev. The celebration featured Belarusian folk songs and dance. Delegations of the two countries visited the Belarusian pavilion. Belarus showcased an electric power bus with interactive projects and models of modern road and agricultural machinery.