The official part of the event began with the solemn sounds of the national anthems of Kazakhstan and Poland in a live performance of the Polish military orchestra. That moment the national flags of both republics were raised.
Then Bakytzhan Sagintayev delivered a welcoming speech. He noted that the Polish pavilion has proved itself and became one of the most popular at the exhibition.
"Kazakhstan views Poland as main trade and economic partner in Central and Eastern Europe. We invite the Government of Poland and the business community to strengthen cooperation in the framework of the International Centre of Green Economy under the auspices of the UN, which will work on the basis of Expo-2017 heritage. We have a good opportunity for cooperation in such spheres as renewable energy, science and technologies, innovations and communications, forestry, tourism. We invite you to take part in the processes of industrialization and digital transformation of our economy," the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan emphasized.
Also the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda welcomed the attendees.
"I remember well how almost a year ago in Warsaw, together with the President Nursultan Nazarbayev, we discussed the preparation for Expo-2017, and today I admire the scale of the event," the President of Poland said.
He stressed that today Poland is one of the most actively developing countries of the European Union. For example, in 2016 the state achieved a GDP growth of 3.1%. According to the President, the forecast for 2017 looks even more positive, in addition, the unemployment rate is significantly reduced. The head of Poland called on Kazakhstanis to establish cooperation in various fields, but first of all in the field of economy.
"I hope that the Polish authorities, scientists and experts who took part in the Expo-2017 have a tremendous experience that can be applied in the future," A. Duda said.