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Nazarbayev tours EXPO-2017 construction site

Photo courtesy of Akorda. Photo courtesy of Akorda.

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev gave a start to construction of the EXPO-2017 exhibition's main venue in April 2014.

On April 4 this year, Nursultan Nazarbayev visited the EXPO-2017 construction site located near Nazarbayev University in Astana. He looked into the layouts of the EXPO venues as well other facilities to be built on the site. The central facility of the exhibition, the National Pantheon, was also presented to the Kazakh President.

Following the tour, the Kazakh leader had a meeting to discuss the progress.

Everything was going according to schedule, and Nazarbayev once again stressed the importance of completing the work on time. The complex should be ready for finishing works to start in September 2016.

It is also important to address the issue of future use of these facilities after the exhibition is over. “The accommodation for visitors, hotel and Congress Center will be used along the lines of their intended purposes. But there will be a lot of free space left after the exhibition, including pavilions of foreign countries. We should start thinking about their future use now. Perhaps, international events, military and agricultural exhibitions can be held there. We need to attract foreign companies, so that they use the facilities in their work. Besides, international banks and media are willing to open offices there. In general, all the buildings should be ready for further use by the fall of 2017,” the President of Kazakhstan instructed. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has visited the EXPO-2017 construction site, Tengrinews reports citing the official website of the Kazakh President. 

He reminded that the purpose of holding the EXPO in Kazakhstan was to demonstrate to the whole world what Kazakhstan had accomplished and what it was capable of. “We need to show our new forward-looking country. The exhibition will present our capital from a new angle; it will expand and decorate it. Astana already has a number of prominent venues. But the EXPO complex is a project of a completely different quality level that employes advanced standards and technologies. The capital’s residents and guests will have a unique opportunity to become part of the future of energy, to have a look at the scientific achievements and to admire the beauty of the venues,” Nazarbayev said. 

The head of Astana EXPO-2017 National Company that runs preparation for the exhibition, Talgat Yermegiyaev informed Nazarbayev that Kazakhstan's business community was actively engaged in the construction and preparations for the event. Kazakh content is expected to make 60 percent in the project, Talgat Yermegiyaev said.

Meanwhile, large-scale construction works are proceeding at full swing.

The EXPO's main venue is constructed along the project of American company Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture that was selected out of 49 projects of architects from more than 20 countries in October 2013. The new building is shaped as a semi-sphere of more than 80 meters in diameter.

The 174-hectare complex comprising 38 objects will be located between the main streets of Astana: Kabanbai batyr avenue, Orynbor street, Hussein bin Talal and Turar Ryskulov streets, not far from Nazarbayev University. It will consist of a 25-hectare exhibition area, and the remaining area will be used to create the required infrastructure, including comfortable residential area, hotels, fitness centers, shops, schools.

8 construction companies and more than 3500 workers are involved in the construction works. 

Writing by Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina

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