13 July 2016

Exhibition EXPO-2017 presentation at INNOPROM

International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 on Future Energy was presented at INNOPROM. The event will be held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. General Commissioners representing the countries that will participate in EXPO-2017, heads of Russian energy partner companies, and international experts commented on the preparations for the World Expo.

"Preparations for the exhibition are in full swing in Russia. We have been allocated space and would like to thank our colleagues for that. We think it is the best space we could get with an area of about 1,000 square meters in a very convenient location," said George Kalamanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Commissioner of the Russian section at EXPO-2017.

He commented that the preparations for EXPO-2017 in Astana were highly praised during the 159th session of the International Exhibition Bureau (IEB) General Assembly in Paris. Currently, Russian representatives are working on the exhibition format and focal events.

Mr. Kalamanov told the participants that EXPO-2017 would be attended by major Russian companies, including MMC Norilsk Nickel (the world's largest producer of refined nickel and palladium, cobalt, copper, and rhodium), NOVATEK (major independent and second largest producer of natural gas in Russia), and Russian Grids (Russian energy grids operator and one of the world's largest electricity grids companies).

Anton Atrashkin, Director of INNOPROM and EXPO-2017 business program and moderator of today's discussion, assured the attendees that EXPO-2017 would host many added-value events for the international energy sector.

EXPO-2017 will also include the National Day of Russia event just before the last day of the exhibition on September 8, 2017. "We hope that it will become a milestone event and are carefully planning for it. Generally, the progress we are making now shows that we will meet the schedule," Mr. Kalamanov commented.

He expressed his hope that Russia would be able to host the EXPO some day. "We have never hosted the World Fair or other major events organized by the International Exhibition Bureau (...) We hope that someday we will have the honor of holding such an event. And we will certainly be able to build on the experience of our colleagues in Italy, Korea, and neighboring countries.  We expect it to be of great help in preparing to a similar fair in the future," Mr. Kalamanov commented.

Rapil Zhoshybayev, the General Commissioner of EXPO 2017, also stated that “EXPO-2017 would be the venue for presenting breakthrough, innovative, and promising projects in alternative and renewable energy." He pointed out that although in the 1950s environmental issues were considered the internal business of each particular country, current pollutant emissions had an impact on the mantle of the Earth as a whole, and the issue had become global. Therefore, countries are expected to join efforts for the benefit of future generations.

"The development of alternative energy sector, green technologies, and conservation of natural resources are top priorities for humankind.  We will generally call the attention of the global community to the reduction of our carbon footprint, energy efficiency, and RER development," Rapil Zhoshybayev commented.

Ms. Singh, the representative of India Trade Promotion Organization responsible for the Indian pavilion at EXPO-2017, took the floor. She stated that the pavilion would take 513 square meters of space and that preparations for EXPO in Astana would be supported by India's leading ministries and organizations. The subtopics at the pavilion will be carbon footprint reduction and energy efficiency.

Other participants of the presentation were Alexey Texler, First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation; Mikhail Lifshits, Chairman of the Board of Directors at ROTEK; Michael Akim, Vice-President, АВВ Russia, Belarus and Central Asia; Timur Kotlyar, Managing Director of Government Relations Projects, RUSNANO; Nikolay Grachev, Executive Director of the Energy-Efficient Technologies Cluster of the Skolkovo Foundation; and Evgeny Gasho, expert of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation.