National day of Qatar was held at the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. The event was attended by high-ranking guests, including the Vice Minister of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Yernar Bakenov, EXPO2017.com website reports.
The festivities included a rich program, including an extensive presentation and entertainment part, as well as a ceremony of raising flags of Kazakhstan and Qatar.
"We are celebrating the National Day in the pavilion of the State of Qatar at Astana EXPO 2017 to demonstrate the tremendous achievements and growth that our country has achieved under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, may Allah keep him safe! The State of Qatar participates in this exhibition in order to contribute to the success of this event of world significance,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi said in his welcoming speech.
Separately, the Qatari diplomat highlighted the role of the exhibition in strengthening the relations of the Arab State with Kazakhstan. He noted that Kazakh-Qatari relations have significantly intensified over the past 20 years.
"We intend to further strengthen and expand the spheres of bilateral cooperation, - said the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. - Despite the fact that Qatar is a commodity country with rich oil and gas reserves, the state pays great attention to the issues of alternative energy and high technologies. We are ready to cooperate with Kazakhstan in the development of green technologies and look forward to the creation of mutually beneficial partnership relations.”
Bin Saad Al-Muraikhi separately spoke about the investment potential of Qatar, telling about the projects carried out within the framework of public-private partnership. He reported on promising investment opportunities in various areas, separately noting education, health, tourism and sports, in accordance with Qatar-2030 national strategy.
"The State of Qatar participates in this exhibition Astana EXPO 2017, organized under the slogan ”Future Energy", from understanding the role of renewable energy sources and the achievement of sustainable development in all countries of the world.The State of Qatar pays great attention to renewable energy sources and has identified it as one of the most important strategic alternatives aimed at protecting the environment and conserving natural resources on the one hand, and at increasing investment in non-oil sectors of the economy, on the other,” the Qatari diplomat stressed.
He explained why the theme of the exhibition of Qatar at EXPO is called "New Energy Horizons" - the State pavilion presents the country's most important achievements in the field of renewable energy.
"Through our pavilion we hope to convey the experience of the State of Qatar in the most important spheres like energy, ecology, education and culture. We also hope that the experience of other friendly countries and international organizations in this field will be beneficial for us," Bin Saad Al-Muraikhi said.
Concluding his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar thanked Kazakhstan and the International Exhibitions Bureau for their efforts invested in the successful conduct of Astana EXPO 2017, wishing the organizers luck.
After the official part, the guests were expecting a bright cultural program. A real highlight of the celebration was the performance of the popular Middle Eastern ensemble "Maqam Ensemble”.
The collective performed popular Arab folk compositions in modern arrangement, with the preservation of the national colour of Arab art.
The guests then visited the national pavilions of Qatar and Kazakhstan.
Let us remind, the pavilion of Qatar opened at the world specialized exhibition on June 10. The guests of the pavilion can learn about the specific developments of Qatari companies on the use of solar energy and the application of future technologies, the measures used for sustainable development of the country and the formation of a careful attitude to the energy resources of the population. In addition, in the pavilion, divided into four thematic zones, you can get acquainted with the history, culture and national peculiarities of the country.
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