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USA to Take Part in EXPO 2017

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Oct. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

The US delegation headed by Thomas Alfred Shannon, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, has confirmed the country's intent to participate in the international specialized exhibition EXPO 2017 Future Energy to be held in Astana.

"I arrived in Astana last night. This is my first official visit, and I think our message is clear: we will participate in EXPO 2017. I have just had a chance to see the pavilion intended for the US – an excellent building and great pavilion," said Thomas Alfred Shannon during his meeting with Akhmetzhan Yessimov, the Chairman of the Board of the National Company Astana EXPO 2017.

The Under Secretary of State noted that EXPO 2017 is an important element of building relations with Kazakhstan. According to him, the exhibition provides the Republic with an excellent opportunity to present itself as a global player, including in the energy sphere.

In his turn, Akhmetzhan Yessimov stressed the importance of the American participation in the exhibition. "I have visited the US twice this year. I know how much work is being done in terms of renewable sources of energy. The US is the leader in fostering new technologies and state-of-the-art scientific developments," he said.

At the end of the meeting, the Under Secretary of State said they would promptly settle all procedural matters related to the country's participation in EXPO 2017.

About Astana EXPO 2017

The International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 dedicated to Future Energy is an expositional and recreational event that will take place between 10 June and 10 September 2017 in Astana. The exhibition will last 93 days and will become one of the most spectacular cultural venues in 2017. To date, 105 countries and 18 international organizations have confirmed their intention to participate in the Astana EXPO 2017 exhibition. Overall, over 100 participating countries are expected to attend the event with over 5 million visits to be made.

As part of Astana EXPO 2017, global policy documents will be drafted in order to promote an energy-efficient lifestyle and wide use of renewable energy sources.

Artem Storozhenko, [email protected]