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See you in Astana!


Expo 2016 Antalya closed on October 30th but WECC is already working on the next International Exposition scheduled to take place in Astana, Kazakhstan June 10th – September 10th 2017.

WECC will have its own seat inside the Expo site and new exclusive benefits for all WECC’s Members will be planned for this special occasion.

Stay tuned for the details…

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Italian National Day

at Expo 2016 Antalya

The Italian National Day has been celebrated on Semptember 28th at the presence of Italy’s Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economic Development Ivan Scalfarotto, CEO and General Director of Italian Foreign Trade and Promotion Agency Piergiorgio Borgogelli, the Italian Ambassador Luigi Mattiolo and General Commissioner of EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency Ambassador Erdoğan Kök.

Ceremony started with singing of national anthems of two countries. In his opening speech Undersecretary Scalfarotto noted that Turkey was one of the most important trade partners of Italy. He said that over one thousand and 300 Italian companies were active in Turkey and they invested more than 4,5 billion dollars in the country. He also pointed out that there were also some Turkish firms that made investments in Italy.

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EXPO 2020 Dubai

Further Details of its Legacy Plan

The site of Expo 2020 will transform into an ecosystem to encourage the growth of the UAE’s knowledge economy, according to plans unveiled at Cityscape Global today.
In a keynote speech at the Cityscape conference, taking place on September 4th, Marjan Faraidooni, Expo 2020’s VP of Legacy set out ambitious plans to transform the Expo’s 4.38 square kilometre site into an ecosystem that connects businesses in the transport and logistics, travel and tourism, real estate and education sectors, as part of a creating a thriving knowledge economy that contributes to the UAE’s diversified future. Ms Faraidooni explained Expo’s intentions. “Our legacy plans are wide ranging and ambitious. Our Expo will continue to foster innovation, and to create meaningful partnerships that will live beyond 2020 – not only for the UAE but for the region as a whole.”

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EXPO 2017 Astana

Number of Participating Countries exceeded the Plan


101 countries have confirmed their participation in the International Specialized Exhibition “Astana EXPO-2017”.

We recall that earlier, Brazil officially confirmed its participation in the Exhibition, being the 99th participating country. The strategic number of countries specified in the Exhibition’s registration dossier was 100 participating countries. Ukraine confirmed its participation and became the hundredth country. The next country in the list is the Dominican Republic.

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Special Offer for WECC Members

All the WECC Members, upon presentation of their Membership card, can benefit from a 20% discount on all Food and Beverage consumptions at the following restaurants and bars in the Expo 2016 Antalya site:

  • #MLNS Fast Casual (Italian Restaurant)
  • Odessa Rosso Beach (inside the Ukrainian Garden)
  • Italian Kiosk (inside the Italian Garden)

Furthermore, we remind you that all the Members have the following benefits at the Akra Barut Hotel in Antalya:

  • very privileged room rates,
  • free access to Executive Lounge,
  • free access to the hotel facilities (business center, fitness center, Turkish bath, sauna and indoor pool),
  • 20% discount on SPA treatments,
  • 20 % discount on all consumptions,
  • 10% discount on transfers services, upon reservation at the hotel directly.
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German Garden Opening

On 18th June 2016 the Consul of Germany in Antalya and Commissioner General of Section, Mr. Martin Vetter, invited to the official opening of the German Garden in EXPO 2016 Antalya. Together with Mr. Robert Dölger, Attaché of the Germany Embassy in Ankara, Mr. Fırat Işık, Secretary-General of EXPO 2016 and Mrs Isabel Besemer, Director of the German Garden, he cut the ribbon as symbol of the official opening of the German Garden.

The motto of the German Garden is “Future plants – the innovation potential of renewable raw materials”, which perfectly matches the general theme of EXPO Antalya, “Flowers and Children – a greener life for future generations”.

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Do not forget WECC lounge

Dear WECC Members we would like to remind you that the WECC Lounge is at your disposal for all your small meetings, in fact as you can see from the pictures a first Commissioners meeting has already took place.

The Lounge offers air conditioned, ice cold water and coffee and it is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.

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The team of the Union of Comoros

The Union of Comoros consists of four Islands in the Indian Ocean, located in the south East of Africa, inside the canal of Mozambique, between Madagascar and Tanzania. Those Islands are grand Comores, Mohèli, Anjouan, and Mayotte which is still under French administration.

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A new WECC Lounge at the Expo site

We are pleased to inform you that WECC has now opened a new seat at the Ukrainian Garden at Expo 2016 Antalya site.

A tiny air-conditioned lounge is at WECC’s Members full disposal and offers a coffee machine and an ice-cold water fountain along with a big sofa and table for small meetings.

Open daily from June 6th.
10:00 a.m.- 07:00 p.m.

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