|2017 Expo-2017 International Exhibition will take place in Astana|
|2020 2020 SMEs will produce at least 50% of GDP Labor productivity will be increased up to 126 thousand dollars Children aged 3-6 will be 100 per cent covered by pre-school education|
|2025 2025 Kazakhstan will completely provide own market with petroleum products according to new standards of environmental friendliness Share of non-oil export in the total amount of export has to increase twice and three times by 2040 Translation of Kazakh alphabet to Latin will begin 95% of Kazakhstan citizens have to know the Kazakh language|
|2030 2030 Water-saving technologies will be applied on 15% of acreage|
|2040 2040 Problem of the population providing with water for irrigation will be solved|
|2050 2050 GDP volume per capita will reach 60 thousand dollars Share of the city citizens will be up to 70 per cent of the total population|
Ambassador Soni said firstly that by hosting Expo 2017, Kazakhstan would be able to brand itself internationally, in the same way that South Africa was able to brand itself when it hosted the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
Secondly Ambassador Soni said that Kazakhstan would enjoy an increase in its tourism figures. Kazakhstan is situated in the centre of the Eurasian continent and this holds great interest to foreign visitors.
Thirdly, the subsequent infrastructure development that will precede the EXPO 2017, will act as catalysts for the further development of business and the increase of foreign investment into the country. Other fields of the economy that would also benefit will be the creation of jobs, through the creation and further development of local industry, especially small businesses.
Fourthly, an event such as this can bring the peoples of a country together when they all celebrate the event and work toward one goal. This has a tremendously positive effect on the psyche of a country and its peoples. It consolidates the people of the country into a single team. Even dealing with the problem of crime was a united effort of all South African which proved to be very successful. Hosting the Expo 2017 will contribute to the consolidation of the civil society in Kazakhstan.
In sharing the joy of Kazakhstan’s victory to host the Expo 2017 Ambassador Soni assured Kazakhstan of the support of the African continent and in particular of South Africa. South Africa’s foreign policy is very simple as it gives its vote to developing countries. During the bidding period for the Expo 2017, South Africa went all out to support Kazakhstan and if you would look at the ratio of numbers during the voting process (103 and 44) it is evident that Kazakhstan has the support of many countries internationally. This victory demonstrates the international prestige of Kazakhstan and the great role of its leader, President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Ambassador Soni said that he was confident that the success of the Expo 2017 in Astana will strengthen the authority of Kazakhstan on the world stage and will contribute to the development of the country and innovation even more dynamically.