USA Pavilion Brings People Together at Close of Expo 2017 September 9, 2017

USA Pavilion Brings People Together at Close of Expo 2017

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from Kazakhstan and around the world experience American culture at the first World’s Fair in Central Asia

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN – As the 2017 Expo ends, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have visited the USA Pavilion, with hundreds of thousands more experiencing it through activities on social media and media outlets throughout Kazakhstan.

“This summer at Expo, we’ve seen a shining example of the mutual respect, the energy, and the can-do attitude at the heart of the relationship between the United States and Kazakhstan,” said U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Commissioner of the USA Pavilion George Krol.  “I look forward to seeing what else we can accomplish together– in science, business, education, and beyond.”

“We are proud of the number of people we have touched over the last three months, but the real impact is in each individual conversation and handshake we’ve had with people from around the world,” said USA Pavilion President and CEO, Dr. Joshua Walker. “The excitement on the faces of our guests and Student Ambassadors when they talk together and experience our Pavilion, and the deepened understanding of people from across Kazakhstan and the rest of the world of Americans, is a reminder of the true source of infinite energy: people. It has been an honor bringing America’s story and our people to Kazakhstan for the first World’s Fair in Central Asia, and we thank the people of Astana for being such wonderful hosts.”

During the three-month Expo, the USA Pavilion hosted high-level government delegations from the United States to discuss the importance of U.S.–Kazakhstan relations, as well as conversations from the U.S. – Kazakhstan Business Association on the future of business between the two countries. Global Sponsors of the USA Pavilion, GE and Chevron, hosted multiple events promoting future energy, and additional sponsors such as Citi and AES hosted convenings showcasing their work in Central Asia and around the world.

The Student Ambassadors, a group of 40 American students who represented America at the USA Pavilion, greeted pavilion guests and high-level dignitaries along with running the day-to-day operations along with the rest of the team. The Student Ambassadors also traveled outside of Astana, sharing the pavilion’s message by visiting all corners of Kazakhstan, from Aktau on the Caspian Sea to Oskemen at the base of the Altai Mountains and from Petropavlovsk in the north to Almaty and Shymkent in the south.  In their travels, the Student Ambassadors learned more about Kazakhstani culture and shared their own life experiences with the Kazakhstani people.

“It’s been an exciting and life-changing experience to meet so many people from across the world, but especially from Kazakhstan,” said Svetlana Popovic, a Student Ambassador from Arizona. “Every day gave us another opportunity to talk with literally thousands of people from around the world. Even those short conversations reminded us that no matter where we’re from, we all have something in common; and even if we didn’t before, we can all say we were at Expo 2017.”