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Lithuanian representative to lead the World EXPO Commissioners

2017-02-27

At the end of the last week, with a little more than one hundred days left until the opening of the World EXPO 2017 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, Romas Jankauskas, Commissioner of the Lithuanian exposition and Head of the Exhibitions Division of the Ministry of Environment, was elected Chairman of the Steering Committee out of 115 national representatives.

His candidacy was approved by all the representatives of the countries participating in this World Exhibition who gathered in Astana last week. It was not by chance that Romas Jankauskas had been proposed for this position. He can already be called an ‘old timer’ of international exhibitions.

The Ministry of Environment has organised Lithuanian expositions at five previous EXPO exhibitions. And the expositions in all of these exhibitions were managed by Romas Jankauskas. Having earned authority among the colleagues from other countries, he was elected member of the Rules Committee of the Bureau of International Exhibitions and member of the Steering Committee of the previous two international exhibitions held in Milan and Korea.

A total of 22 members were elected into the EXPO 2017 Steering Committee. The key task of this Committee is to coordinate cooperation between the organisers of the exhibition and all of its participants in order to ensure the smooth operation of both the preparation and the exhibition itself.
EXPO Astana 2017 will be open from 10 June to 10 September. Its main theme is “Future Energy”. It is expected that the exhibition will be visited by approx. 5 million people.

According to Romas Jankauskas, who returned from Astana on Friday, the modern exhibition complex situated in an area of 25 ha has been already completed. It will house pavilions of 115 countries and 18 international organisations.

Communication Division
27 February 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas