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Official visit to Astana

Official visit to Astana

Mr. Pascal Lorot, High commissioner for France for the International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO-2017, traveled to Astana on 23 – 26 February 2016 on the occasion of the 2nd International Participants Meeting. In the margins of official program, Mr. Lorot exchanged with a large number of French companies’ representatives during bilateral talks and roundtables organized by the newly created Chamber of Commerce and Industry France-Kazakhstan (CCIFK).

High commissioner for France reaffirmed France’s strong support for the International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO-2017 during his interviews with National Company Astana EXPO-2017 leaders. Stressing the importance of know-how and internationally recognized expertise of French companies in renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grids, urban transport, water and waste management, logistics and organization of events, the High commissioner reiterated the need to involve those companies even more in preparation of the International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO-2017.

During his visit to the French Alliance (l’Alliance française) of Astana, the High commissioner reiterated his believes that French language must be used by the organizers of International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXsPO-2017 as it is the official language of the BIE. It must be used during the preparatory dialogue with the EXPO-2017 organizers as well as for volunteer training and information on the site during the period of the international exhibition.

This dense and constructive visit to Kazakhstan has received extensive media coverage: press conference, TV interviews, grandstand in the press, etc.

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