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Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u, appointed Commissioner for ASTANA EXPO-2017 Kazakhstan

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23rd March, 2017 His Majesty’s Cabinet has officially approved Chief Executive Officer for MEIDECC Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u to be the Commissioner for Tonga to the Astana Expo-2017 and the Chief Executive Officer for Tourism Mrs. Fekita ‘Utoikamanu as the Deputy Commissioner.

Paula attended the 3rd International Participants Meeting held last month in Kazakhstan and included more than 300 delegates from over 100 countries around the world to finalize preparations for this world renown event.

The Astana Expo-2017 is scheduled to take place from June 10 to September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The main theme of EXPO-2017 is “Future Energy” reflecting the preoccupation of the international community with the problem of energy consumption, that increasing impacts on our planet especially on Climate Change. The main objective of the exhibition is to call for responsibilities, foster a discussion, and develop knowledge to enable planning and controlling energy consumption thus minimizing the damage to the environment.

Astana EXPO-2017 has set tasks to gather the best developments in ecology in order to demonstrate future energy as well as the problematic issues of developing countries interconnected with the country needs.  The leading world experts who have been invited for this global event will discuss ways to make “green energy” available, sustainable and economical of the main development trend for supplementary decades.

During the meeting, the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Mr. Vicente Loscertales emphasized the importance of the “Future Energy” and its relevance across the globe as reflecting by the high number of international participants.

Participants from the Pacific region agreed to appoint Paula not only the commissioner for Tonga but also the commissioner for the Pacific pavilion for the Astana Expo-2017 in Kazakhstan. He would be the main focal point of contact for 11 Pacific countries which have confirmed their participations on the 2017 Expo.

This important global event represents a unique promotional opportunity for Pacific Island countries in order to promote a sustainable future energy, launch an image of the Pacific Islands inspired by their symbiotic relationship with the ocean and by sustainability as well as highlight the region’s investment appeal to mitigate climate change. Nevertheless, Tonga has the opportunity to showcase richness of its natural and cultural diversity during this 3 months period and especially on the “Tonga National Day” at the Astana Expo-2017 which will be in August 5th in Astana, Kazakhstan.


Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications.


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