Expo 2017

EXPO Astana 2017

BIE-class Specialized exposition
Category International Recognized Exhibition
Name Expo 2017
Motto Future's Energy
Area 113 hectares (280 acres)
Country  Kazakhstan
City Astana
Coordinates 51°05′28.5″N 71°24′46.1″E / 51.091250°N 71.412806°E / 51.091250; 71.412806
Bidding July 1, 2010 (2010-07-01)
Awarded November 22, 2012 (2012-11-22)
Opening June 10, 2017 (2017-06-10)
Closure September 10, 2017 (2017-09-10)
Specialized expositions
Previous Expo 2012 in Yeosu
Universal expositions
Previous Expo 2015 in Milan
Next Expo 2020 in Dubai
Horticultural expositions
Previous Expo 2016 in Antalya
Next Expo 2019 in Beijing
Horticultural (AIPH) Internationale Gartenausstellung 2017
Website Official site

Expo 2017 is an International Exposition scheduled to take place between June 10 and September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The expo's theme is "Future Energy", and aims to create a global debate between countries, nongovernmental organizations, companies and the general public on the crucial question: "how do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions?"[1]


The theme chosen for the Expo 2017 is "Future Energy".[2] The theme is aimed to concentrate on the future of energy, and on innovative and practical energy solutions and their impacts.

The Expo 2017's subtitle is "Solutions for Tackling Humankind’s Greatest Challenge." Therefore, the Expo will showcase future energy solutions tackling social, economic and environmental challenges.[3]


On November 22, 2012, Astana was chosen by the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) as the venue to host Expo 2017. It will be the first time that a major international exhibition of this kind is coming to a country from the former Soviet Union. More than 100 countries and 10 international organizations are expected to participate. Around 2-3 million people are expected to visit the international pavilions from June to September 2017.[4]

25 hectares is planned for the pavilions of Expo 2017. The site has a convenient access to Astana’s city center, the international airport and the railway station. The Expo Site is also linked with a network of Kazakhstan’s inter-city roads to ensure a quick access from all the country.[4] Construction of the pavilions will begin April 2014 with 20 companies from Kazakhstan and 49 companies from around the globe.[5]

Designs were considered for the grounds of Expo 2017 from architects in the UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and China.[6] But the lead design contract was awarded to Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.[7]

On April 24, 2014, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in a capsule-laying ceremony of the Astana Expo 2017 Exhibition Center construction in Astana, which will be located near the Nazarbayev University.[8]

Astana submitted its registration bid to the BIE in December 2013,[9] as planned.[10]

On June 13, 2015, the Chief Executive Officer of Astana Expo 2017 organization committee, Talgat Yermegiyaev, was indicted for corruption. The new CEO is Astana mayor Adilbek Zhaksybekov [11]

Kazakhstan's largest airline, Air Astana, was named the "Official Air Carrier of Expo 2017”.[12]

In preparation for the Expo 2017 the administration of Astana launched several "smart city" projects. The projects imply introduction of digital technologies in such areas as payment, education and healthcare.[13]

The Energy Best Practices Area (eBPA) Pavilion at Expo 2017 will showcase the 17 best energy-generating projects. These projects were selected from 136 submitted from more than 25 countries.[14]


Over 100 companies, including Mabetex Group, Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio, Snøhetta, HOK, and Coop Himmelb(l)au, participated in a competition to design the grounds of Expo 2017.[15] Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) won the competition.[15]

Several construction companies in the Almaty region have been awarded contracts to build the grounds, with a cumulative value of 5 billion tenge. The main contractor Sembol Inshaat has contracts with Plast Invest Production LLP, Sonik Company LLP, PolimerMetal-T LLP and Alyugal LLP.[16]


The number of countries that confirmed their participation in Expo 2017 by September 2016 reached 101, which is higher than anticipated.[17]

Countries that have confirmed attendance

A number of countries have confirmed their participation in Expo 2017:

Countries interested

On 7 October 2015, the minister for foreign trade and development of Finland Lenita Toivakka said to Akhmetzhan Yessimov that Finland will decide later.[31]

Corporate participation

Multinational corporations are sponsors of Expo 2017, namely Samsung, Cisco Systems, and Shell. Kazakh sponsors include NCOC, Air Astana, JSC Kazkommertsbank, JSC Samruk Energy, and JSC Kazpochta.[32]

Expo 2017 attracted €125 million in sponsorships from large international companies. The sponsors of Expo 2017 include Samsung, Shell, Chevron and others.[33]

International organizations

Astana Expo 2017 and UN World Tourism Organization signed a memorandum of cooperation. The memorandum envisions organizing a joint conference on “Tourism and the Energy of the Future” in late June during the exposition.[34]

Ambassador for Expo 2017

In March 2016, unified middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin became an official Ambassador for Astana Expo 2017. Gennady Golovkin is originally from Karaganda, Kazakhstan.[35]

Host selection

On 1 July 2010, during the 147th session of the General Assembly of member countries of the BIE, held at their headquarters in Paris, Kazakhstan announced its intention to participate in the bidding process to host the International Specialized Exhibition at Astana in 2017, hence giving cities with counter-bids six months to respond. One other candidate city applied:[36] Liège in Belgium. The winning candidate was selected by the BIE on 22 November 2012 in Paris.

Candidate cities

The following cities bid to host Expo 2017:

City Country Theme
Astana[37] Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Future Energy[38]
Liège[39] Belgium Belgium Connecting the World, Linking People, Better Living Together[40]

Cities that did not bid

The following cities had considered bidding to host Expo 2017:

City Country
Newcastle, New South Wales[41] Australia Australia
Edmonton (see Expo 17) Canada Canada
Belgrade Serbia Serbia
Lille France France
Stavanger Norway Norway
Sydney Australia Australia
Salamanca Spain Spain

Astana candidacy

The city of Astana, which won the UNESCO Cities for Peace award,[42] is the capital of Kazakhstan. It applied to host the International Exposition in 2017 on 10 June 2011 through Rapil Jochibayev, head of project coordination. The official presentation of the city’s application took place during the 149th General Meeting of the Bureau of International Expositions.

On 10 June 2012, the country launched its promotional campaign to support the candidacy of Astana.

The city of Astana suggested the topic of "Future Energy. Action for global sustainability" [43] as the exhibition’s theme. During the symposium on Astana’s candidacy, the BIE Secretary General, Vincente Gonzales Loscertales, declared:

Energy is one of RIO+20’s seven critical issues and the topic of Astana Expo gives the opportunity to gather several suggestions. Five years after RIO+20’s, Astana could represent an ideal step towards the assessment in 2012 of some of the commitments that were made…

As an element of the campaign held to support the candidacy of Astana, the committee shot the film Astana Expo 2017. "The Great Expectation of Kazakhstan". The video was awarded the Silver Dolphin prize[44] of the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards on October, in the « corporate videos » category.

On June 15, 2013, the French government and solar energy partners in France teamed up with the Expo 2017 organizing committee to sponsor the Sun Trip. 35 bikers from around Europe, North America, and Kazakhstan traveled on solar powered bicycles from the outskirts of Paris to Astana in two months to show the world that solar energy is viable source of power.[45]

Liège candidacy

The city of Liège, the heart of Belgium’s third largest conurbation (600,000 inhabitants), is the economic capital of Wallonia.

Over ten years, it has rolled out an ambitious redevelopment strategy. The city and the conurbation are undergoing a make-over with the aim of spawning a service economy focusing on centres of excellence.

The policy of ambitious structuring projects, orchestrated by the public authorities and supported by businesses, universities and institutes, is giving the Liege region a new lease of life. While awaiting the arrival of the tram, a scheme initiated by the Walloon Government, several major projects are underway: the Royal Opera of Wallonia, an institution with an international reputation, is being restored; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will be transformed into an International Centre of Art and Culture. Not forgetting the recent inaugurations of the new high-speed train station created by the architect Santiago Calatrava, the ‘Mediacité’ leisure complex designed by Ron Aarad, the Grand Curtius museum complex, etc.

The impacts of this strategy are that the City of Liege attracts new inhabitants; it has reclaimed its position as Wallonia’s main tourist destination; Liege airport ranks eighth in Europe for freight transport (1st in Belgium), the autonomous port of Liege is the biggest Belgian inland port and the third European port in terms of transported tonnage and, what’s more, according to an independent study by Cushman and Wakefield, the district of Liege is considered as the most attractive region in Europe in logistical terms.

The district is also the seat of world-renowned companies, such as AB InBev, Mittal, Umicore, FN Herstal, Techspace Aero, EVS Broadcast, Amos or Eurogentec… Most of them have prompted the emergence of competence clusters in areas in which Liege excels: aeronautics, the metalworking industry and mechanics, space, biotechnologies, information technologies, or again, agrifood.

The city wants to build on this positive momentum to organise an event with an international scope that will constitute the crowning achievement of the economic and urban reconversion strategy of the Liege Region.

Holding an International Expo in Liege in 2017 would have offered an opportunity to:

Candidates in North America

In North America, at least four cities and organizations in Canada proposed staging an international exposition in 2017 to coincide with the Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation. Due to Canada's previous experiences with Expo 67 and Expo 86, and the fact North America has not staged an expo since 1986, it was generally believed among promoters that Canada would stand a good chance of winning an expo in 2017.[46]

The earliest concerted initiative—for an expo to be staged in Montreal—was launched by Vancouver-based NGO Expo 17 Inc, which released a 51-page proposal tailored to Montreal's existing Vision 2025 report put together by the Société du Havre.[47] The Expo 17 proposal (and web site) strongly advocated Canadian unity and social/environmental sustainability. Specifics of the proposal included "saving the Saint Lawrence River" and revisiting the Habitat 67 housing concept that had featured as a prototype for Expo 67. The proposal suggested staging up to three smaller expos (recognized, horticultural and housing expos) to achieve maximum impact and attendance. The proposal and web site were launched in 2007 on the 40th anniversary of Expo 67. The Expo 17 group, after announcing its withdrawal from Montreal,[48] committed itself to promoting alternative sesquicentennial events, particularly of pronounced social and environmental value.

The cities of Ottawa[49] and Hamilton, Ontario[50] explored the possibility of an expo in 2017, but declined to submit a proposal to the Department of Canadian Heritage.

In the spring of 2009, the Department of Canadian Heritage, informed cities in Canada that any interest in staging an Expo in 2017 would have to be expressed with a Letter of Intent before May 29, 2009[51] followed by a full proposal no later than November 30, 2009. Ottawa, Hamilton and Montreal declined while Edmonton, with a bid proposal already prepared, decided to push forward. Albertan rival Calgary also submitted a letter of intent in late May just before the filing deadline,[52] surprising the Edmonton bid committee and igniting intra-provincial tensions. Calgary decided not to proceed with a full proposal, deciding instead to invest in alternative ways to improve the city.[53] Being the only remaining candidate, Edmonton was granted the sole Canadian right to bid for Expo 2017 internationally.

Edmonton bid

Main article: Edmonton Expo 2017

A high-level feasibility study was first conducted for Edmonton Expo 2017 in 2007 but the proposal moved further towards serious consideration after city representatives visited Expo 2008 (a recognized expo) in Zaragoza, Spain. On October 29, 2008, Edmonton City Council approved pursuing this next step on the condition of Government of Alberta support and cost-sharing.[54] Themes suggested for Edmonton such as "A New Silk Road: Trade and Commerce", championed by MLA Gary Mar and city councillor Mike Nickel,[55] indicating a commercial approach, but the proposed expo later decided to shift the focus to energy and environmental concerns, with the theme "Harmony of Energy and Our Future Planet".

The bid organizers estimated costs to total C$2.3 billion to be funded by municipal, provincial and federal governments as well as private sector sponsorship. News broke on November 22, 2010 that the federal government had declined to approve funds for the Expo - estimated at C$706 million, stating that the project was far too expensive and financially risky. Edmonton's mayor Stephen Mandel was shocked and said "I've never been as mad at anything and just so disappointed in the lack of vision of a government… This decision is frankly wrong and extremely short-sighted".[56][57] The lack of federal funding effectively ended Edmonton's bid for Expo 2017.

See also

External links


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