PHILADELPHIA and ASTANA, Kazakhstan, April 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today that it has received a contract from Sembol Construction to provide consultant services in connection with EXPO 2017 which will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
During the official closing ceremony of EXPO 2015, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Astana EXPO 2017 Company, and Rapil Zhoshybayev, Commissioner of Expo 2017, received the flag of the International Bureau of Expositions (BIE) from Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General of BIE and Bruno Pasquino, Commissioner General of EXPO 2015.
“This is a very serious and responsible step for Kazakhstan,” said Zhoshybayev. “The EXPO has become a national project of the country for the next two years. Our country has become the author of several global initiatives and we are confident in its success,” he added.
EXPO 2017 is a $1.0 billion program in Astana which will run from June 10 to September 10, 2017. More than 100 countries are expected to take part and 51 have already confirmed their participation, as have 11 international organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Bank, the Energy Charter Treaty, the European Commission, Sustainable Energy for All, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and a number of UN agencies. Twenty-five commissioners from various countries and international organizations have been appointed. The main theme of the EXPO is divided into sub-themes: “Reduction of CO2 emissions,” “Energy-efficient lifestyles” and “Energy for all.”
The total area of the EXPO 2017 complex is 174 hectares (430 acres) and 38 facilities are planned to be built within it. The exhibition area will house the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan, international thematic pavilions, retail and entertainment facilities.
“It is extremely exciting to be part of such an important world event,” said Raouf S. Ghali, Hill’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are confident that our team will meet the demanding expectations of such a time-sensitive program,” added Ghali.
Hill International, with 4,800 professionals in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, construction claims and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the seventh largest construction management firm in the United States. For more information on Hill, please visit our website at www.hillintl.com.
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