First EXPO 2017 Int’l Planning Meeting Attracts 70 Countries
The first EXPO 2017 International Planning Meeting (IPM) was held in Astana on Oct. 22-23 alongside the inaugural Future Energy Forum (Oct. 23-24), which brought together leading energy experts from international businesses and nongovernmental organisations to discuss reducing carbon dioxide emissions – one of EXPO 2017’s key themes.
The IPM brought together potential participants of EXPO 2017 from more than 70 countries to discuss worldwide carbon dioxide emissions and their implications over both the short and medium term. In total, more than 500 leading experts in the energy industry and academia, leaders of public and nongovernmental organisations and representatives of the public sector came to participate and air
their opinions during the forum.
International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) Secretary-General Vicente Loscertales, who also participated in the event, noted the rapid construction of the EXPO 2017 site during a meeting with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Akorda.
“Construction is rapid, even ahead of schedule. I must note that in 25 years, I have never seen construction going so fast and at the proper level. I’m sure that the upcoming EXPO 2017 will be held successfully,” he said.
Commissioner of EXPO 2017 Rapil Zhoshybayev emphasized the scope of the future venue: “We are expecting more than 100 participating states and international organisations, as well as nearly five million visitors to the exhibition.”
The organisers held presentations on key industry exhibition projects, including on the current status and prospects of building Expo City on the main theme of the exhibition, on the promotion of the exhibition locally and internationally and on the conditions for countries to participate in EXPO 2017.
Speakers at EXPO 2017’s first international planning meeting Astana will host the international specialised exposition EXPO 2017, with a theme of “future energy,” from June to September 2017. The exposition aims to promote new energy solutions and innovations in conventional energy in the pursuit of sustainable energy and development.
While the expo will take place for only a few months, sustainable energy is a long-term priority for Kazakhstan and the international community. Since receiving the official BIE expo flag in June, Kazakhstan has embarked on a mission to promote the future energy agenda throughout the international community and make the most out of EXPO 2017 in its capital.
While the expo is widely known in the West and Far East, where expositions have been held most often, this type of fair is rare in Central Asia.
Since the late 1980s, expos have become more than just expositions, but nation branding exercises that can help build a country’s image worldwide as well as facilitate the construction of specialized accompanying infrastructure. The Eiffel Tower in Paris (built for the expo of 1889), the Atomium in Brussels (1958) and the Space Needle in Seattle (1962) are all venues built for international expositions that now attract millions of tourists per year.
The forum was also attended by First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, Chairman of the Board of Astana EXPO 2017 Talgat Ermegiyaev and representatives of the Astana city administration.
Among the IPM’s guests and speakers were Director General of Ecoenergomash Albert Bolotov, Senior Energy Analyst of the International Energy Agency in Paris (Renewable Energy Division) Adam Brown, Energy Policy Officer of the Delegation of the EU to Kazakhstan Octavian Stamate, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar Ahmad Belhoul, Senior Associate at IHS Energy Insight Daniel Berkove and President of the Alliance for Rural Electrification Ernesto Macias.
Kazakhstan Officially Joins ASEM Multilateral Cooperation Forum
Kazakhstan has officially joined the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) dialogue and cooperation forum, taking part in the 10th ASEM Summit on Oct. 16-17 in Milan. The forum is aimed at fostering communication and cooperation between Asia and Europe.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev, head of the Kazakh delegation, held bilateral meetings with his European and Asian counterparts at the summit and addressed an audience of heads of state.
At the plenary session, “Promotion of financial and economic cooperation through enhanced Europe-Asia connectivity,” President Nazarbayev said a shared European and Asian agenda will be crucial to finding solutions to today’s threats and challenges. Eurasian integration is also a power to be harnessed in the search for solutions, he said.
“It is necessary to change the paradigm of international cooperation, which implies taking real action in eliminating protectionist barriers, opening markets and increasing bilateral trade,” Nazarbayev told the audience.
Transforming the current global financial architecture is one of the most important areas of cooperation, along with overcoming imbalances in the financial sector and developing an effective model to regulate international capital flows, Nazarbayev said. He also stressed the need to develop new financial bridges, possibly using Almaty’s financial centre as a transcontinental link, as well as improve transit and transport infrastructure, particularly in the context of the Silk Road revival. Kazakhstan would also work to diversify energy routes, he said.
Another priority for regional sustainable development is creating common trade infrastructure, with the Eurasian Economic Union playing a key role, the President said.
“Today, Asia and Europe need to rediscover each other and build a fundamentally new foundation for cooperation. Kazakhstan’s G-Global initiative could become a platform for concerted international action in the field of economics and finance.”
Kazakhstan is ready to promote dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe, he concluded.
While in Milan, Nazarbayev held a number of bilateral meetings with his European and Asian counterparts. From Europe, he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.K. Prime Minister David Heads of state at the recent Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev third from right Cameron, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, Italian Prime
Minister Matteo Renzi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
From Asia, the President met with President of South Korea Park Ceun-hye, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang.
President Nazarbayev told the Kazakh media that the talks on the sidelines of the meeting were aimed at expanding existing bilateral and multilateral cooperation and considering new areas for joint work.
“These meetings expand opportunities for attracting investment to Kazakhstan in the difficult situation in the global economy that we face today. Many countries are seeking to invest in Kazakhstan, which creates incentives for further economic development, new jobs and the improvement of the lives of our people,” he said.
Participants of the summit also discussed the settlement of the situation in Ukraine, the President said. He reaffirmed Kazakhstan’s commitment to an end of violence and a negotiated resolution.
The Asia-Europe Meeting was formed in 1996 and currently has 53 partners, with Croatia and Kazakhstan joining at this summit. ASEM partners account for around 60 percent of the world’s population, half of global gross domestic product and almost 70 percent of international commerce.
The forum is intended to support political dialogue, reinforce economic and trade cooperation and promote partnerships in addressing environmental, cultural, educational and social issues.
ASEM holds government-level meetings as well as brings together members of parliament, the business sector, civil society, academia and the media through encouraging people-to-people contact.
The ASEM group includes the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), which is intended to support cultural and intellectual connections; the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEFP), which aims to unite civil society; the Asia-Europe Business Forum (AEBF), which supports business-to-business exchanges and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Forum (ASEP) for parliamentary cooperation.
Diplomats Briefed on Kazakhstan’s Judicial System Improvements
Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov and Chairman of the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan Kairat Mami held a briefing on the rule of law in Kazakhstan for Astana’s diplomatic corps on Oct. 20. Claims to the courts have increased, which indicates a more available and efficient judicial system, Mami said at the briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Astana.
“It is no secret that citizens of Kazakhstan prefer to go to court than to higher state bodies, to arbitrators or mediators. The number of claims submitted every year to the courts has increased from 539,487 to 647,229. This is a clear indication of the efficiency of the judicial processes available to people,” he said.
Mami highlighted work done by judicial bodies to modernise and strengthen the judicial mechanisms that protect the rights and interests of citizens.
“Despite the importance of improving legislation, a central component of any independent and fair justice system is the figure of the judge. The professional development of judges, their skills and moral qualities is one of the main priorities of the Supreme Court,” Mami said.
“This year, reforms to the personnel policy of the judiciary have been approved. The new concept is aimed at further increasing transparency and consistency in the selection and appointment of judicial personnel. Judges undergo training at the Institute of Justice at least once every five years and every three years take part in internships in a higher court,” Mami said.
Kazakhstan’s priorities for developing its justice system, including creating a more independent judiciary; ensuring quick, affordable resolutions of legal disputes; and regularly implementing international law principles in legislation and justice, are set out in the Concept of Legal Policy for 2010-2020.
Kazakhstan’s Senate is now considering a draft law aimed at simplifying civil proceedings. A new Code of Civil Procedure has been drafted. Adopting a new Criminal Code, Criminal Procedure, Executive Penal Code and Code of Administrative Offences are the next steps in implementing the Concept of Legal Policy.
Astana’s Diplomatic Corps at a recent briefing to discuss improvements to Kazakhstan’s judicial system “Our country faces the challenge of forming new national legislation that will work within current systems, while ensuring the competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s legal system,” Mami noted. “The main message of our new model of criminal justice is that we are determined to reduce the number of laws restricting citizens’ rights to exercise their civil rights and obligations. We want people to feel empowered to implement entrepreneurial initiatives.”
Modern technology is being incorporated into judicial proceedings. Audio and video minutes of court hearings are available, Mami said, and claims may be made via the Internet.
“This year, we received over 30,000 e-applications. Participants in proceedings are notified electronically. We are pushing ahead to increase the use of email and allow the public to submit requests via a website and a call centre.” Courts across the country will soon be equipped with audio and video systems that will allow trial participants to appear remotely, he said.
Mechanisms for the extra-judicial settlement of disputes are also being created. Measures worked up in collaboration with the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs have been initiated to improve administrative procedures in government agencies and encourage the development of mediation and arbitration bodies, Mami said.
“We hope to involve the chamber’s representatives as mediators in disputes between businesses, including in trial proceedings,” he said.
The court has also initiated the creation of a special court to hear disputes involving foreign investors. Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court works with international and regional nongovernmental organisations including the UN, the International Organisation for Migration and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Centre in Astana. Partnerships have been formed with the EU, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), the Venice Commission and the American Bar Association.
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