A delegation from Kazakhstan visited the Dominican Republic on October 19 as part of the program to advance Astana’s bid to host EXPO-2017.
National coordinator of the Astana EXPO-2017 bid and Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Rapil Zhoshybayev, met in the capital, Santo Domingo, with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Axel Wittkop, and Ambassador at Large, Rafael Melo. It was the first visit to the Dominican Republic by a Kazakhstani delegation at this level since diplomatic relations were established in July 2011.
A presentation on the Astana bid highlighted the proposed “Future Energy” theme, which is relevant to people around the world and reflects Kazakhstan’s many anti-nuclear and environmental initiatives aimed at resolving global issues in security, the environment and the search for new energy sources. Mr. Wittkop confirmed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic would send an official note of support for Kazakhstan’s bid.
The two sides went on to discuss developing bilateral cooperation through expanding agreements and the possible formation of an intergovernmental commission, as well as organizing a visit to Kazakhstan by Dominican officials and business representatives.
2017 will mark 166 years since the first International Exposition was held in London’s famous Crystal Palace, specially constructed to showcase the goods of many different countries. Today, in keeping with its traditions, the Expo of the 21st century continues to offer a unique and fascinating insight into the values and priorities of different nations and how they interact.
Astana has accumulated considerable experience in hosting major international events such as the OSCE Summit, the 7th Winter Asian Games and meetings of the World Islamic Economic Forum, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the CIS and other international organizations.
Kazakhstan would be the first post-Soviet state and the first Central Asian state to host an Expo. On 22 November 2012 delegates from the 160 member states of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) will elect the host country for EXPO 2017.