Tatarstan is the first among Russian regions to launch “Energy of the Future” at the world EXPO

Tatarstan's weekday at EXPO-2017: over 4 thousand visitors a day, the order to Nazarbayev, meetings with representatives of government and business, renewable energy resources and a fire foumtain

Energy consuming and renewable energy resources

Tatarstan's delegation headed by the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov arrived at Astana to participate in International Specialized Exposition EXPO-2017. Rustam Minnikhanov also presented the Republic's stand in the pavilion of the Russian Federation, since Tatarstan is the general partner of the first thematic week from June 10 till 18.

Together with Rustam Minnikhanov, the Chief Executive of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency Taliya Minullina arrived at the capital of Kazakhstan.

On June 10, the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 started, it is carried out across the entire post-Soviet space for the first time. EXPO exhibitions are the global-scale events comparable to world economic forums in importance and the most popular global sport events, such as Olympic games and Football World Cup in tourist appeal and attendance.

The key theme of EXPO-2017 is “Energy of the Future” as defined by Kazakhstan to attract attention of world leaders to the sphere of renewable energy resources and those connecting energy independence with green technologies.

Developed countries, leaders in modern energy are among the participants. These are the South-East Asian countries firstplace: South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan. In addition, such hegemony in energy consumption as China and India represent pavilions at EXPO. Traditional European countries standing at the forefront of green technologies are Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, France. Countries of America, Asia, CIS also expressed interest in exhibition. In fact, all the regions of the world are covered.

The exhibition is located at 35 sites and in the main complex "Nur Alem" (translated as "the light of the world") carried out in a spherical form, where Kazakhstan exposition is represented. One can see everything in the pavilions: starting with exhibitions simulating energy of the space, the sun, biomass, wind, water, the city of the future, till the fountain with flames instead of water.

Tatarstan is ahead again

The Republic of Tatarstan is a general partner of the first thematic week at EXPO on June 10-18, 2017, and therefore opens a series of expositions of Russian regions at the exhibition. There are 12 of such thematic tracks, each contains plenary sessions and discussions with representatives of business and government.

Russian exposition is one of the largest and brightest pavilions at EXPO-2017, with the area of 1 008 square meters. Exposition reveals the topic of energy potential of our country using example of "Russian Arctic" natural region and takes place with "Russia is the energy potential of the planet" slogan.

Every week, in one of the sectors of the Russian pavilion the stand with production and projects of energy companies and Russia's entities will be changed.

The first week will be dedicated to "Human energy" as a driver of international cooperation of technological development.

Exposition of the Republic of Tatarstan is, as always, technology-based and innovative: these is an interactive floor with concepts appearing interchangeably, demonstrating the essence of development drivers of the Russian regions in the case of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russian, English and Kazakh. Presentation touch-screens contain over 80 videos reflecting economic, scientific, technical, educational, tourist and cultural potential of Tatarstan, energy industry was represented most vividly.

Unique opportunity to make selfie after selecting the sights of the republic of Tatarstan as a background (the Kazan Kremlin ensemble, the Qol Sharif, the mosque in Bolgar city, legendary Civil registration building in Kazan, etc.), as well as to make a picture with an interactive tubeteika, as a headgear of the person posing for a picture, was created at the stand.

At the stand, one can engage in interactive discussion with the population of the Republic of Tatarstan, namely with the specialists of the largest Tatarstan's holding companies, such as Tatneft, TAIF, Tatenergo, Ak Bars Holding and others, which have made a significant impact in the country's development. For example, one can get acquainted with milking machine operator of AO "Ak Bars holding", Maria Tribis, with 41 years of total working experience. Maria is an Honored livestock keeper of the Republic of Tatarstan, serves 43 cows, milk yield averages 25 liters per cow.

The republic's stand was developed and constructed by Tatarstan Investment Development Agency.

Astana Expo - Kazan Expo

In order to hold such an important event, Kazakhstan hired international assessment and constructed a unique site of exhibition complex "Astana Expo-2017" with International exhibition EXPO as the first event.

Tatarstan congratulated Kazakh colleagues on the new infrastructural achievement of the global scale and presented its International exhibition center Kazan Expo construction of which will be shortly finished and put into exploitation already in 2018. Participation of Tatarstani delegation in Kazakhstan EXPO allows exchange of expertise in organization of large international events.

On June 9, during the opening ceremony of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and members of the delegation attended the Russian pavilion, the display of the Republic of Tatarstan was presented personally by Rustam Minnikhanov.

During the acquaintance with the exhibit, Vladimir Putin thanked Minnikhanov for his active participation in organizing the Russian pavilion at EXPO-2017, and wished Taliya Minullina further success in attracting investments to the economy of the region and the country as a whole.

Taliya Minullina also presented the stand to the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak and Trade representative of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Kazakhstan Aleksander Yakovlev.

Three days later, on June 12, Russia Day, in the framework of the Festival of the culture of Russian regions, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov opened the exposition of Tatarstan at EXPO-2017 in the presence of the Chairman of the Board of JSC "National company "Astana Expo-2017" Akhmetzhan Yessimov and other dignitaries. The legendary State Song and Dance Ensemble of the Republic of Tatarstan participated in the opening ceremony and performed Tatar national songs.

After that the guests proceeded to the stand of the Republic of Tatarstan, which has already gained popularity among EXPO visitors: only during the first day it was attended by more than 4 thousand people, including the delegations from Japan, China, Thailand.

In the early days of the Expo, the stand was attended by world energy leaders and honored guests: Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy and Water Resources on the Republic of Tajikistan Usmonali Usmonov, Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Dzhaksaliev, Director General of Organization for using fusion reactor "ITER" Bernard Bigot, Director General of "Rosatom" Aleksey Likhachev, Chairman of the Board, President of Xinjiang Automobile Services Company (China) Ma Tiang, President of Korean company "Kotra" Jaehong Kim, Commissioner of the International Specialized Exhibition "EXPO 2017" Rapil Zhoshybayev, National Commissioner of Chinese pavilion Wang Jin Zheng, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Kazakhstan Mikhail Bocharnikov, Head of the consular division of Russian Embassy in Astana Maksim Kobzar, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica Arturo Fournier Facio, representatives of diplomatic missions and others.

The rush at the stand continues unabated all day, participants take pictures with the exposition and ask questions actively, social networks are enhancing with bright photos from the stand.

Within 3 months (the exhibition will complete its work on September 10), 115 countries and 22 international organizations (UNESCO, UNIDO, World Bank, etc.), over 2 million participants are expected and the total amount of visitors would be around 5 million.

Motherland of the President of Kazakhstan

During the visit of the delegation of the Republic of Tatarstan to Astana, the first meeting was held with the Akim of Almaty region Amandyk Batalov. In the framework of the visit, the parties discussed points of convergence and found a lot of similarities between the two regions: thus, over 100 nationalities live in Almaty region, the Center of Tatar culture is operating in the capital of the region. Traditionally, one of the priority areas of Almaty region is development of agrarian and industrial complex, the head count of cattle is about 1 million animals, and small livestock is about 4 million. The area of apple gardens reaches 2000 hectares, hence such a familiar to Tatars name of the city Almaty (in translation, "Apple tree is blooming"). Tatarstan could act as a partner in the processing of cattle and apples.

During the interview, the Akim indicated that Almaty region, rich in mountain resorts, is the east gate of "New Silk Road" aiming to revive the historical role of the country as the main link of the continent and to turn it into the largest business and transit hub of the region, a bridge between Europe and Asia. Regular direct flight is operating between Kazan and Almaty, so the motherland of the President of Kazakhstan could become the gateway to New Silk Road for Tatarstan.

"We will be very pleased to develop cooperation with the Almaty region under your leadership. Last year, the trade turnover between Tatarstan and Kazakhstan decreased by 13 per cent. It is necessary to intensify the work on increasing mutual trade", - Rustam Minnikhanov noted in the conclusion and invited to visit the Republic of Tatarstan.

The work of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency resulted in the following meeting with the Chairman of JSC "Baiterek National Management Holding" Erbolat Dossaev preceded by the visit of the representatives of the holding to SEZ "Alabuga", SEZ "Innopolis" and Tatarstan Investment Development Agency in April 2017, where they got acquainted with the territory of advanced social and economic development of Naberezhnye Chelny city.

In the framework of trade-economic partnership the parties discussed the possibilities for small and medium-sized business, leasing companies and attracting of direct investment funds, as well as the prospects of cooperation within the cooperation with the Institute of Innopolis. In the near future, the working group from the Republic of Tatarstan will come to Kazakhstan to study the issue of cooperation further in four directions: small and medium-sized business, trade, IT, agriculture.

Then, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, who visited Kazan two weeks ago to participate in meetings of the CIS Council of Heads of Government and the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

Rustam Minnikhanov congratulated Bakytzhan Sagintayev on the opening of the EXPO and expressed hope that the participation of Tatarstani delegation in this largest international exhibition on Russia's Day will contribute to further expansion of cooperation between Tatarstan and Kazakhstan for the sake of strengthening friendship between Russian Federation and Kazakhstan.

The visit to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev who found time to meet with longtime friend despite his busy schedule during EXPO days was a culmination of business meetings of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan in the capital of EXPO-2017.

Rustam Minnikhanov expressed appreciation for the warm reception. "Your major role in establishing modern Kazakhstan, in developing integration processes in the Eurasian space, in expanding cooperation with the Russian Federation is worthless. Russia and Kazakhstan are developing strategic partnership in all areas, including the power engineering of the future. We are sincerely glad that today, on Russia's Day, Tatarstan, as one of the leading industrially developed and innovative regions, represents our country at EXPO in Astana”, - Tatarstan's President stated.

Then the parties discussed prospects of cooperation between Tatarstan and Kazakhstan in the sphere of economy and joint social projects.

At the end of the meeting, Rustam Minnikhanov presented "the Order of Merit to the Republic of Tatarstan" to Nursultan Nazarbayev for his significant contribution to the development of cooperation between Tatarstan and Kazakhstan, the strengthening of friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples, and invited him to visit the Republic of Tatarstan during his visit to the Russian Federation.

In his turn Nursultan Nazarbayev accepted the invitation and awarded Minnikhanov with the medal "25 Years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan".

At the conclusion of the working visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Rustam Minnikhanov visited the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ice Palace of "Barys" Hockey Club.

"It is a great honour for us to open the regional part of the exhibition of the Russian Federation at EXPO. Tatarstan is used to be the first in everything, though it is not yet reflected in Kazakhstan's investment in the Republic of Tatarstan. We will work!" - Chief Executive of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency commented.

For reference. In accordance with the results of 2016, bilateral foreign trade turnover totaled in more than 425 million USD. In percentage terms, shares of export and import reached 97% and 3% respectively. The share of the Republic of Kazakhstan in foreign trade turnover of the Republic of Tatarstan is about 4%. Chemicals and petrochemical products, fuel, oil and lubricants, transport and machinery, tires and rubberized-fabric products, agricultural and food industry products, household chemicals lie are the basis of export from Tatarstan to Kazakhstan.

According to Tatarstan's statistics, the amount of investment in the Republic of Tatarstan from the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2016 was 1,4 million USD. SEZ "Alabuga" (one resident with participation of Kazakhstan's capital is LLC "Bars Technology" producing car batteries amounted to 1,5 million items per year), JSC "KAMAZ" (773 automobiles were delivered (191 complete automobile and 582 assembly kits and automotive components amounting to 910 million rubles), PJSC "Tatneft" (72,2 thousand tonnes of diesel fuel and 982 298 tires valued at 2,5 billion rubles were delivered), PJSC "Nizhnekamskneftehim" (2,8 billion rubles), PJSC "Kazanorgsintez" (over 3 billion rubles), JSC "TAIF-NK" (over 3 billion rubles) and other companies are actively cooperating with Kazakhstan's enterprises.
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