Epic Fails

Authorities approved the authenticity of documents on sending 60,000 West Kazakhstan citizens to the EXPO

27 April

The akimat of the West Kazakhstan region confirmed the authenticity of the documents saying that the authorities of the region intend to send 60 thousand people to the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. This was reported by the "Uralskaya Nedelya" newspaper.

"The authorities of the WKR officially confirmed that they plan to send more than 60 thousand people to the EXPO 2017. In addition to visitors, 16 creators of their own projects and 50 student volunteers will visit the international exhibition. This became known during the meeting with the head of the department of tourism and external relations Anvar Niyetkaliyev in the Central Communications Service of Kazakhstan", - the publication says.

The newspaper notes that this department was organized this year specifically for the exhibition EXPO.

"This figure is an estimated number of visitors to the exhibition. If our region does not fulfill it, nothing terrible will happen. In any case the order made by the akimat which the media received is made only for organizational work in order to coordinate the outflow of tourists", - Niyetkaliev assured.

Let us remind that earlier it became known that the authorities of the West Kazakhstan region ordered the regional akims to send 60,000 people to the EXPO. Official documents got into the hands of journalists indicating the number of people required to be sent to the EXPO 2017. Documents were provided by a source in the WKR Akimat. According to these documents the akimats of the regions and the city of Uralsk should provide names of people who will necessarily go to EXPO 2017 from June 10 to September 10 by the end of April.

Let us remind that the media periodically reported about the forced sale of tickets to the international specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. The teachers of village schools in the East Kazakhstan region complained about it and one of teachers said that he was told straight ahead: "Whether you go or not, you will buy a ticket". The akimat of the East Kazakhstan region responded to compulsory sale of tickets for the international specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. As the state institution representatives noted, the residents of the region buy tickets for the upcoming event at their will.

Commenting on this information, JSC NC Astana EXPO-2017 stressed that the facts of the forced sale of tickets for the exhibition are illegal and specified that since the beginning of the year the organizers of EXPO 2017 have registered more than 20 cases, all complaints about this kind of violation can be directed to WhatsApp number +7 702 332 65 21. However, later it turned out that the number in question did not work.

Later, reports of compulsory sale of tickets to the exhibition were received from the Karaganda region where the teachers of the mining town of Saran as well as rural teachers of the Kostanay region addressed the media with the same complaint where akim of one of the districts even was happy at bullying such teachers. The doctors also complain about the compulsion to buy tickets, but the Minister of Health of Kazakhstan Yelzhan Birtanov claims that there were no corresponding orders.

Commenting on this information, chairman of the Board of JSC NC Astana Expo-2017 Akhmetzhan Yesimov said that forced sale of tickets for the exhibition is completely unacceptable. Complaints were also commented in the Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The deputy chairman of the agency Alik Shpekbayev stated that the obligation to buy tickets for this event is not grounded by anything and asked to report all violations to the same phone number as indicated by the organizers of the exhibition.

Hot debate unfolded even in social networks about ticket sales.

However, according to the media, there are also those who are ready to supply EXPO  tickets for those who need them. For example, a member of the Maslikhat of the South Kazakhstan region Rakhim Tanirbergenov bought 500 tickets for a world-wide specialized exhibition, spending a total of about 2 million tenge.

Astana EXPO 2017 ticket offices are open in all regions of Kazakhstan as well as in seven largest cities of Russia. In addition, the organizers announced the issue of VIP tickets made of felt and also talked about plans for the introduction of season tickets. You can find out how to purchase a ticket to the exhibition by following the link.

Photo by Uralskweek.kz.

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