Expo to showcase cultural diversity, tourism

FIJI’s participation at the Expo 2017 Astana would greatly benefit Fiji because it would increase exposure and establish networks with the Central Asia market.

Permanent secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali, made the comment after the Fijian pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana opened early last month, showcasing the country’s cultural diversity, tourism, trade and investment opportunities to the rest of the world.

“This results in the extension of international, economic, political, cultural and scientific ties and promote and share innovative ways and technologies and creation of new impetus for regional co-operation” he said.

Mr Ali added this would at the same time, strengthen diplomatic and economic partnership with Kazakhstan.

The overall theme of the Expo is “Future Energy” and it is relevant, given that Fiji like many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) rely heavily on imported fossil fuel.

“Thus, investing in renewable energy will ensure that our citizens have access to clean and affordable energy services which also contribute to sustainable environment,” Mr Ali said.

Furthermore, the theme is aimed to focus and concentrate on innovative ways and practical solutions in tackling social, economic and environmental challenges and their impacts. With the subtitle — “Solutions for Tackling Humankind’s Greatest Challenge”, the expo will at the same time, showcase ground-breaking and new future energy solutions to those in attendance.

The Fijian pavilion, located in the Pacific Plaza, introduces visitors to the elegant Fijian Made products, authentic Fijian handicraft products and lifestyle. The interior walls are illuminated with projections of videos that display the issues of climate change, which poses threat to the Pacific Island countries, as a consequence of climate change and rise in sea level. This complements Fiji’s presidency to the COP 23 and raising climate change agenda to the world.

Furthermore, through its rich and diverse features, the pavilion reflects opportunities available in Fiji, strategies and ways in promoting Fiji with its diversified energy resources and related projects in renewable energy.

Expo 2017 is an international exposition and will take place between June 10 and September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The Expo is expected to be attended by five million visitors over three months and just over the past three weeks, more than 28,000 visitors have come to the Fijian booth.

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