Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 20 / Trend E. Kosolapova /
Holding the international exhibition EXPO-2017 will be a good start for implementation of Kazakhstan's plan on entering the top 30 developed countries, North South Political Centre General Director and member of Trend Expert Council Alexei Vlasov believes.
"I think that the EXPO-2017 is the best beginning to realize this goal. I believe this is a good start for the new project 'Kazakhstan - the country looking into the future," Vlasov told Trend on Thursday.
Earlier, in his address to the nation on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of independence Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev set a goal for the country to become one of the 30 most developed countries in the world by 2050.
"The country has all possibilities for this: resources, educated people and a united nation," the president said.
Vlasov said Astana's victory in a bid to host this event is a great achievement of Kazakhstan and Nursultan Nazarbayev, in particular.
"This is, first of all, personal success of Nazarbayev, because it is clear that the opportunities of holding such image events are given to the countries and leaders who have experience in implementation of large international projects. And Kazakhstan's team has done a great job. It can be said that everything was done at the highest level," Vlasov said.
He underlined that holding EXPO-2017 will draw the attention of international observers, journalists and investors to Kazakhstan.
"EXPO is an exhibition of achievements of national economies in the Soviet Union. This is an opportunity to show themselves to the best advantage. Kazakhstan has a very good chance for showing the country's new image, namely, technology, investments in high-tech manufacturing and national brands," Vlasov said.
In November Astana won a bid to host the International specialized exhibition EXPO in 2017.