The bilateral meetings were held among Kazakh First Deputy Foreign Minister, commissioner for the EXPO-2017 International Specialized Exhibition Rapil Zhoshybayev, Deputy Commissioner General of Expo 2000 in Hanover, director of Messe München GmbH Norbert Bargmann, chairman of the Bavarian Council for Economic Promotion Otto Viskhoi, as well as the management of a number of Bavarian leading companies, engaged in the production of alternative energy, energy efficient and "green" technologies, reconstruction and modernization of urban infrastructure on "Smart City" projects, in Munich on July11-12, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said today.
During these meetings, the Bavarian business representatives were informed about the preparation for EXPO 2017 in Astana, as well as opportunities to participate in the implementation of the national project. In particular, Zhoshybayev stressed that Kazakhstan is interested in attracting the world's foremost technologies, related to the exhibition theme "Energy of the Future". The Bavarian companies have these technologies.
German entrepreneurs stressed that Kazakhstan is a very perspective and attractive market. There are favorable natural conditions (sun, wind, etc.) for the development of alternative energy and a favorable location in the center of Eurasia, as well as great attention and the country's leadership's support for transition to a "green" economy.
A decision about holding EXPO in Astana in 2017 has become an additional incentive to implement long-term projects in Kazakhstan, as well as within the exhibition. The results will be targeted to other regions of the country, as well as potential markets of neighboring countries in the future.
Bargmann shared his experience of holding EXPO in Hanover in 2000. The sides have thoroughly discussed a wide range of issues to organize the exhibition in Astana. Following the meeting, he voiced his intention to take an active part in EXPO in Astana in 2017.