ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2017 (WAM) — The National Company Astana EXPO-2017 and Dubai EXPO 2020 Bureau have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and cooperation on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit.

The document was signed by the Chairman of the Board of Astana EXPO-2017, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, and the Executive Director of Dubai EXPO 2020 Bureau, Najeeb Mohammed al-Ali.

“The UAE is one of Kazakhstan’s key partners. Given the fact that both countries will be hosting EXPO, it is necessary to strengthen cooperation between the organisers of the exhibitions. We have agreed to share knowledge and experience and provide the maximum support for each other,” said Mr. Yessimov.

Preparations for EXPO 2017 are going according to plan and construction works are 95 percent complete. The pavilions are now being handed over to the participating countries to be filled.

“EXPO 2017 is a huge infrastructure and business project for Kazakhstan, involving the participation of a large number of companies,” said the Director of the Content and Event Organization Department of Astana EXPO2017, Marat Omarov.

The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, attended the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Speaking at the opening ceremony, he said that in the future the infrastructure of EXPO 2017 will host the Astana International Financial Centre. “We held talks with the Dubai International Financial Centre and agreed to use its experience in Kazakhstan,” said Nazarbayev.

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