EXPO 2017: national days of Costa Rica, Cuba, and Jordan
Costa Rica marked its national day at Expo 2017. The pavilion visitors enjoyed the performance by famous saxophonist Giovani Escalante as part of the concert program. Costa Rica abandoned fossil fuels in the middle of the last century. The country that is introducing renewable energy is sharing its experience in the Kazakh capital. The country generates energy from hydropower stations, solar panels, wind turbines and even volcanoes.
CHRISTIAN GUILLERMET, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, FOREIGN POLICY, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, COSTA RICA:
- Our country that which is to share with humanity and responsibility it philosophy of sustainable development for present and future generation. Respect for nature and sustainable development allows Costa Rica to be one of the countries most visited by global tourists in Latino America.
Cuba marked its national day with lively dances, drums and carnival parade at the expo. Deputy Foreign Minister Akylbek Kabyldinov took part in a solemn part of the event. President of Cuban Chamber of Commerce noted that future energy is important for his country. Cuba depends on fossil fuels now. However, before 2030, Cuba intends to develop alternative energy and invest $3.5 billion in this sphere.
ORLANDO HERNANDEZ, PRESIDENT, CUBAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
- Our country pays serious attention to the development of renewable energy. By 2030, we are planning to receive 24% of energy from renewable sources. This will reduce the volume of fossil fuels by 1 million 75 thousand tons and also will prevent the emissions of 6 million tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
A small country with great plans for the future and rich national culture, Jordan presented its green technology achievements and folk art at EXPO 2017. One of the best national ensembles of Amman arrived in Astana to celebrate the national day of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The artists performed folk dances to the sound of "Rebab" and "Shabab" Arabic musical instruments.
The country that has Sun 330 days per year is planning to develop alternative energy. Jordan has adopted a legal framework regulating the development of the so-called green corridor. The program is designed to reduce the country's dependence on oil and gas. This should happen after an increase in the number of wind and sun power plants.
AHMAD IDRIS ENNAB, AMBASSADOR OF JORDAN TO KAZAKHSTAN:
- Participation in the exhibition devoted to Future Energy is important for Jordan. We are developing green energy in our country because natural resources are limited. We need to think about the future. We are attracting foreign investments for the development of renewable energy. We are leaders in the Middle East in terms of that.