MONACO. For 3 months, from June 10th to September 10th, over 100 countries are attending the international fair held in Astana 2017 with the theme “Energy of the Future”. The first day of spring, on March 21, 2017, in the presence of Christophe Steiner, President of the National Council, Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco, HE Mr. Philippe Narmino, Vice-President of the Red Cross and many personalities, HE Mrs Evelyne Genta, Ambassador of Monaco in Kazakhstan, HE Mrs Mireille Pettiti, President of Monaco Inter Expo and the Monaco Inter Expo team presented the Exhibition Pavilion for the specialized trade Astana Expo 2017.
The Principality of Monaco focuses on its stances, its energy-related measures, and its ecological awareness. The theme of the pavilion is “THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE”. It focuses on the physical aspect – Monaco’s location on the Mediterranean Sea – and the intellectual aspect – the duality between humankind and nature. The format, design, and choice of content are closely related.
The aim is to highlight the importance and the issues surrounding energy transition and good practices. In close collaboration with the Monaco government, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is working to promote its appeal internationally. The exhibition allows Monaco organisations to develop ties with the host country, grow its activities, and work with other participating countries.
The city of Astana has come a long way over the last 20 years. It has grown from town to city and has become one of the world’s most architecturally interesting urban centers. What many visitors don’t know, however, is that Astana as a living, developing city is far from complete. The city is developing sunder master plans drawn up by one of the globe’s most prominent architects and the vast Kazakh steppe you see out your hotel window is slowly but constantly filled with parks, homes, businesses and life. And it’s clear that this vibrant metropolis is just getting started with the International Expo that is expected to draw three to five million visitors. This would make it the largest international gathering of its kind Central Asia has seen. It takes place during Astana’s 20th anniversary as the nation’s capital and celebrates the emergence of independent Kazakhstan and the wider region as the energy and communications hub of Europe, Asia and the Middle East since the collapse of communism. “Traditionally, EXPO exhibitions have been held in Northeast Asia, Europe and North America,” BIE Secretary General Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales said. “Holding an exhibition in the new (Central Asian) region, which is the bridge between East and West, in a young country, which has developed very good relations with European, Middle Eastern countries, former Soviet republics, as well as with all countries of the Central Asian region is an additional advantage, which also strengthens the position of Astana.” Yet the 62-meter-high Palace of Peace and Harmony, also known as the Pyramid of Peace, fascinates thousands of visitors annually with its bold design and vision of a reconciled, peaceful world.
However, most of its admirers don’t realize that the Pyramid of Peace is actually the exact center of the city of Astana. A single point at the bottom of the pyramid represents the official center of the city. Like many of Astana’s new public buildings, the Pyramid is spectacularly lit up at night and contains the national opera house, a museum of culture and other unique attractions. Today the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is the central jewel in a stunning complex filled with equally stunning architecture. Also included in plans for the city’s future center is the area currently incorporating buildings hosting the Astana international exhibition EXPO 2017, as well as the covered Batygay urban complex which will spread over 154 hectares.
Every visitor to Kazakhstan’s amazing new capital and International Expo will agree with that vision. Astana is a city where you can do great studies and easily integrate the world of work. The impetuous growth of the population is assured first and foremost by migratory flows. Mainly highly qualified specialists aged 20 to 45 come to settle in the capital. According to the assessment of the municipal authorities, the average wage is not lower than that of the oil and gas regions of the country, while the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Kazakhstan. Another positive development of the population of the city of Astana is the rise in the birth rate and the increasing number of marriages. Astana is an important cultural and scientific center of Kazakhstan. There is now a subsidiary of the National Academy of Sciences, Universities, the National Library, the National Museum, contemporary art galleries, the Center for Social and Economic Technologies, business centers, playgrounds for children and water parks. The multi-ethnic and multi-confessional character of modern Kazakhstan is reflected in the city of Astana as in a mirror. Nationalities and religions around the world coexist and work together. It is no coincidence that the city has become the venue for public forums devoted to the problems of inter-ethnic relations and the cooperation of representatives of different religions. As part of this international event, the Government of Monaco printed 50,000 offset postage stamps worth 1,30 € on a horizontal “symmetric” drawing of 40,85 x 30 mm.