Astana is an ideal location to discuss the issue of Future energy. Kazakhstan, an oil producer since 1911, has launched a transition plan to green its economy by 2050 and become a hub for research and innovation on energies. Based on Jeremy Rifkin's "Third Industrial Revolution", the Kazakh Green Economy plan is built on 4 pillars: efficient use and management of resources, modernization of infrastructures, improvement of the well-being of the population and the quality of the environment and improving national security including water security. Expo Astana 2017 is one of the several key projects that will lead the way towards green development.
According to the national government, this transition towards a sustainable future cannot be achieved without international dialogue and cooperation with other countries on economic, political, cultural and civilizational issues. Kazakhstan has launched four major projects to boost global collaboration:
Astana is Asia’s northernmost capital. Due to its convenient location in the centre of Eurasia, Astana is an economically profitable transport, communication and logistics hub. It functions as a bridge between Europe and Asia. The city is famous for its modern architecture, including some designed by leading architects such as Norman Foster and Kisho Kurokawa.
Since becoming the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997, Astana's population has tripled, reaching 1 million citizens.
Expo Astana wasn't conceived as an ephemeral event, but as a key to develop the region of Astana. The Post Expo was therefore at the heart of the Expo project from the start. Located near Nazarbayev University, the site will allow the creation of a hub for research and innovative thinking and all buildings of the site will be transformed to fit this ambition and become a new economic center of the city.
The Site itself will be divided into a science and technologies park, a cultural complex, residential and commercial areas and 40ha of green and leisure space. The thematic and Kazakh pavilions along with the cultural venues (auditorium, arts center, energy hall) will become the cultural district. The participants' pavilions will be transformed into offices and labs to become the science park. The Expo Plaza will be transformed into an urban park. Most commercial sites will remain and more will be built. Residential buildings, offices and hotels will be built on the ground floors of the Expo parking lots.
This transformation of the Expo site will boost the development of the Expo region with the creation of new commercial and residential areas North West and East of the site and the development of research projects with Nazarbayev University.