Almaty and EXPO-2017 sign memorandum of cooperation
Almaty’s industrial manufacturers will actively participate in the construction of the ‘Astana EXPO-2017’. The corresponding memorandum was signed by the mayor of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baibek and Chairman of the National Company "EXPO-2017" Akhmetzhan Yessimov. Dozens of municipal enterprises will deliver metal ware, glass items, ventilation equipment, light industry products and construction materials to the site of the world exhibition. Thus, Almaty became the ninth region the management of the "Expo" has signed a cooperation agreement with.
Akhmetzhan YESSIMOV, CHAIRMAN, ‘ASTANA EXPO-2017’ NC JSC:
On the whole, about three hundred companies from eight regions are involved. Contracts worth 23 billion Tenge were concluded. 10,000 jobs were created in the regions. 7,800 people work directly in the construction of the EXPO. It is the project the President spoke about, one of those projects which creates new jobs and helps enterprises be productive in the time of crisis.
On Friday, the EXPO team visited large enterprises in Almaty to learn more about their capabilities. Over the past 3 years the volume of investments in the city increased by 12%, enterprises increased the cost of technological innovations by 2 times. More than 30 Almaty enterprises export their products to the CIS countries, Europe and Southeast Asia. But despite such a high potential, to date, the amount of contracts with the enterprises in Almaty totaled 500 million Tenge. Now, after signing the memorandum, the figure is expected to increase by 20 times.