Speaking to the participants of the Ceremony, Head of State marked that successful hosting of the EXPO-2017 Exhibition was possible due to synergy of the efforts of Astana and all the Regions of the country.
Nursultan Nazarbaev accentuated the positive multiplicative impact the Exhibition made on development of Kazakhstani economy.
“Over 1,400 enterprises of small and medium scale business got orders for delivery of goods and services for the amount of KZT 640 billion. The tourist sector underwent considerable buoyancy: the demand for tour operator services went up 1.8 times. The number of businesses in Astana grew by over 10%. The service sector tax payments into Astana city budget went up 1.2 times. The Capital City of Kazakhstan found itself in the global focus and subject of keen interest of the whole world,” said President of Kazakhstan.
Head of State highlighted the cultural and international events held under the Exhibition.
“Every day, Astana was filled with sounds and colors of the cultures from all over the world. Today’s celebration is synchronous with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit on Science and Technologies where important issues of Islamic World’s scientific and technical development are discussed. In total, over 6 K various events were held under EXPO,” said Nursultan Nazarbaev.
President of Kazakhstan stressed that Kazakhstan had enhanced its image of a secure and dynamically developing state of Eurasian continent.
Head of State highlighted a number of positive aspects of the Exhibition hosting of which had affected development of revolutionary ideas and technologies in “Future Energy” line, and promoted scientific interaction in the world.
“EXPO offered a unique occasion to demonstrate the intellectual and technological potential of our whole planet. Here, about 140 scientific inventions in renewable energy sources were displayed,” said Nursultan Nazarbaev.
Besides, President of Kazakhstan marked organization of a global dialog on priorities of energy policy at the EXPO platform, and elaboration of recommendations for solution of contemporary problems in energy and ecology.
“Hosting of EXPO once more showed devotedness of our country to the idea of ‘green’ technologies development. In the net, I am sure that our Exhibition will make a unique contribution into global development of ‘green’ energy,’ said Head of State.
Alongside this, Nursultan Nazarbaev revealed the plans of post-Exhibition use of the EXPO infrastructure.
“Nur Alem’ and a number of other pavilions where the Exhibition Theme is displayed will be kept as the “EXPO Heritage. Accomplishment of the Exhibition will be the starting point for launching of a number of new large scale projects. First of all, it is the “Astana” International Financial Center. It is to become a financial hub, center of gravity for investments and take the rightful niche in the international financial system,” said President of Kazakhstan.
Head of State also highlighted the projects of establishment of the International Green Technologies Development and Investment Center, and also International IT Startup Technopark.
“Thus, the whole EXPO Exhibition Complex will further serve the tasks of innovational and sustainable development. I invite all to proactive cooperation in the new centers’ operation,” said Nursultan Nazarbaev.
In conclusion, President of Kazakhstan thanked all who participated in organization of the Exhibition and expressed special gratitude to the guests thereof.
“By this, I declare Closure of the EXPO-2017 International Specialized Exhibition! I express gratitude to the people of Kazakhstan for performed support in implementation of the Exhibition idea. Thousands of people worked for the benefit of successful organization of the Exhibition. I am grateful to all for participation in this event significant for Kazakhstani land!” concluded Head of State.