Authorities made an announcement due to reports of forced sales of tickets for EXPO from teachers

25 May

The authorities of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan made an official statement due to the incoming information about the compulsory sale of tickets to teachers for the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. The message was disseminated by the press service of the ministry.

"The EXPO 2017 exhibition is meant to become the pride of every Kazakhstani citizen and the fact that now many people are trying to buy tickets for it is a sign of patriotism, aspiration to become a part of this grand event, the honor our country has the opportunity to get. The Ministry of Education and Science and EXPO management addresses ministries, state bodies and organizations of any form of ownership not to force teachers to purchase tickets for EXPO", - the statement said.

The ministry said that in turn it did not issue any orders and is categorically against an approach like this.

"The position of the MES is clear: on the eve of the upcoming exhibition it is important to carry out a large-scale explanatory work with the aim of mass awareness of the importance and the epoch-making status of this event of global significance. In fact all of us, citizens of Kazakhstan, get the chance to visit a unique exhibition pavilions, to see it with our own eyes and join the modern achievements, culture, economy, science, new technologies, not only of our country but all other member states who have already announced their participation and are preparing to show everything to Kazakhstan and guests of the world exhibition EXPO 2017. The capital city Astana cannot wait to the exhibition. Grand preparatory work is being done. The creation of necessary infrastructure that meets international standards is being completed. EXPO 2017 will soon open its doors to the public!" - summed up the ministry representatives.

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. In addition, according to the documents received by journalists the akimat of the West Kazakhstan region plans to send more than 60 thousand people to the EXPO - later these intentions of the authorities of the region were officially confirmed. It also became known that the authorities of Mangistau region plan to send almost 900 people to the exhibition daily and the akim of the region Yeraly Tugzhanov stated that he does not accept excuses on this issue. In mid-May information on compulsory sales of tickets to teachers was received from the North-Kazakhstan region.

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.

According to the latest information provided by the organizers of the exhibition, the number of complaints on compulsory ticket sales reached 300.

The problem was also noticed in the Parliament of Kazakhstan where a member of the Majilis Nurtai Sabillianov stated that the officials found guilty for compelling to buy tickets for the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 should be sued and brought to administrative punishment. In turn, the government recommends that anyone who is forced to buy tickets for the exhibition should report to the police.

The Minister for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan, Zhenis Kasymbek, stated that 500,000 discounted tickets for the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 were to go on sale this April. The minister promised the head of the government Bakytzhan Sagintayev to personally monitor the sales of these tickets.

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