High Commissioner’s Message

High commissioner’s message

2 february, 2017

Dear reader,

Preparation of the French presence at the International Exhibition Astana 2017 continues.

About the Pavilion, the company in charge of development works in the French Pavilion was appointed at the end of December. Construction work will begin mid-February, making France one of the first countries to start construction. Moreover, some members of the General Commission team such as the Director of the Pavilion, Florent Vaillot, will settle in Astana at the end of March. The goal is to insure daily progress of the installation of the scenography.

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Outside these large-scale works, the General Commission of France also works towards the upholding the French language by providing the opportunity for Kazakh French-speaking students to do an internship within the French Pavilion. Three agreements have already been or will be very soon signed with the University of Eurasia (Astana), the educational Institute of Kostanay (north of the country) and the Institute Sorbonne-Kazakhstan based in Almaty. These should allow us to welcome more than twenty young Kazakhs who will hold the positions of visitor welcoming agent and administrative agent. We also believe, it is useful to enable French master’s degree students from our great schools and best universities to discover this great country in Central Asia and get to know its history, customs and the reality of its political-economic system. Therefore, six French students will join the General Commission team during the exhibition.

French and Kazakh students will be dressed from head to toe by Armor Lux. The famous Breton brand, with which we are in partnership, will create clothes for French Pavilion. Without betraying a secret, we can say that Armor Lux drew its inspiration from the colors of France, striped tee shirts and berets…

Last but not least, the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, will host the third International Participant’s Meeting (IPM) for Expo Astana 2017 on 22nd and 23rd of February 2017. “IPMs are organised annually during the years leading to the opening of an International or World Exhibition. These annual meetings are a key stepping-stone in the organisation of any Expo; The most important meeting and sharing opportunity for the host country, participants and the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). The latest developments, from the construction of the site to the content of the exhibition with the Theme plan and the selection of best practices, are being addressed and discussed with the participants.” Of course, Malgorzata Thouard and I will be there.

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