Kazakhstan may offer Italian business new projects. Political analysts, businessmen, deputies of Italian Parliament and guests of the Exhibition met in Rome to speak on prospects of cooperation between the two countries and new projects, informs the 24.kz TV Channel.

The conference was organized by the Embassy of Kazakhstan and the Italian Institute of High Geopolitical Studies with the purpose of investment attraction.

For Kazakhstan, Italy is among the basic trade partners: the volume of its investments amounts to US$ six billion. After the EXPO, Kazakhstan may offer quite a number of new opportunities and projects. First of all, they are in the fields of tourism, alternative energy development and green technologies.

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The second corporate agreement was signed in Europe for purchase of renewable energy participated by Microsoft Corporation.

The Company concluded a 10-year agreement with Vattenfall on purchase of all the power generated by the 180 MW Wieringermeer Wind Farm located in Holland near Amsterdam.

The energy of wind will procure operations of the Microsoft data centers in the Netherlands situated in the vicinity of the constructed wind farm.

The Wieringermeer Wind Farm Park being among the largest in the Netherlands is to start operating in 2019. In October, this year, Microsoft concluded a similar agreement in Ireland where a 37 MW wind station owned by the GE will work for Microsoft for 15 years.

Thus, the practice of bilateral agreements on purchase of clean energy participated by corporations is spreading over Europe. For the Swedish Vattenfall State Energy Company, it is the first deal in sullying data processing centers with clean energy outside Scandinavia.

TheWieringermeer Wind Farm station was presented by Dutch scientists at the Future Energy Forum held under the EXPO-2017 International Specialized Exhibition.

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Hosting of the International Exhibition offered an opportunity to intensify efforts in attraction of direct foreign investments into the economy of Kazakhstan.
CEO of the Kazakh Invest National Company Birzhan Kaneshev told journalists how the Astana EXPO-2017 Administration helped the governmental agencies in attraction of investments.
“Hosting of the EXPO-2017 International Exhibition in Astana became a unique opportunity for the Kazakh Invest in attraction of investors,” relayed the Company CEO in the course of a briefing at the RK Government Press Center.
As agreed with the Exhibition Organizer - the Astana EXPO-2017 National Company, in the EXPO-2017 area a pavilion was installed on the platform of which regular meetings of the RK Ministry of Investments and Development and Astana City Administration officers with actual and potential foreign investors were regularly held. It is here that the Astana International Financial Center, Astana Innovations Company, Nazarbaev University and many others also met their guests.
In the entire Exhibition period, the Kazakh Invest officials held 140 various events. Issues of investment into various sectors of Kazakhstani economy were discussed with members of thirty business delegations from the USA, the UAE, PRC, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Czechia, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Malaysia, Turkey, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Russia and other countries.
However, EXPO-2017 gave the Kazakh Invest officers an opportunity to ‘go public’ themselves. With the purpose of contact establishment, they visited over a hundred pavilions of potential investing countries.
As a result of these proactive efforts, over 20 agreements were concluded. In particular, in the course of Kazakhstani-German Business Council, a framework agreement of cooperation was signed between the Kazakh Invest and one of the largest European producers of compressor equipment: the Linde Group concern.

On the eve of the World Tourism Day, the Astana EXPO-2017 NC Management held a meeting with the national tourist business officers.
According to the Company First Deputy Chairman of Board Alisher Pirmetov, Astana became the most popular CIS city with Russian tourists; and from among the European countries the leaders in the Exhibition visiting were citizens of Germany, with China being the leader in the Asian region.
In three months of the Exhibition hosting period, 5.4 M people arrived in Astana. The Exhibition was visited by 3.977 M people. In his speech, A. Pirmetov marked: “This result was achieved by Kazakhstan thanks to proactive participation of the national tourist business.”
In the Exhibition hosting period, national tourism received immense momentum towards development. Only within the EXPO-2017 period, demand for tour operators’ services increased by 78% (as compared to the same period of 2016). In this time, the Astana EXPO-2017 National Company signed 13 agreements with tourist companies on sale of 187.5 thousand tickets as part of tour packs. At the same time, over 275 K tour packs were actually sold.
The Kazakhstani Tourist Association Director Ms. Rashida Shaykenova admitted that EXPO-2017 “was an excellent school for the whole tourist business of the country.”
The businesswoman also marked that the Governmental Decree on a 72 hour visa-free stay of foreigners in the territory of Kazakhstan encouraged tourist inflow increase. Now, the Kazakhstani Tourist Association (KTA) intends to bring up the issue of the Decree validity prolongation, and also extension of the list of the countries falling within the scope.
“On behalf of the tour operators of Kazakhstan, I would like to thank President of the country and Administration of the National Company for the rendered confidence and fruitful cooperation. Undoubtedly, EXPO-2017 became the driver for the whole tourist industry. In the nearest time, we will gather together with the state agencies to discuss the issue of prolongation of the Decree on the 72 hour stay of foreign citizens. We are interested in the Asian region and we are interested in China.

On the last but one exhibitory day September 09, the EXPO-2017 International Specialized Exhibition was visited by 100,514people.
By comparison, on the first days of the Exhibition operation, the average daily attendance amounted to 22,840 visits.
Since June 10 through September 9, the EXPO-2017 International Specialized Exhibition was visited by over 3,860,000people.

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