Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the companies will be those focusing on green technology and future energy, in line with the expo’s theme ‘Future Energy’.

“Other ministries such as tourism, agriculture, domestic trade cooperatives and consumerism, international trade and industry and higher education will also be involved,” he told reporters at a press conference after the officiating the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2016 here.

The Astana Expo, which will be held in Kazakhstan’s capital city, is a three-month exhibition that will focus on future energy as well as innovative and practical energy solutions. The international exhibition will be hosted by the Kazakhstan government from June 10 – Sept 10, 2017. To date, the expo has exceeded its target of 100 participating countries. Maximus said

Malaysia will participate in the international dialogue on the need to employ energy resources more efficiently to lessen environmental damage and address energy security. He also said the expo will provide a platform for Malaysia and Kazakhstan to enhance bilateral relations especially in trade, which stood at some US$100 million in 2015.

KeTTHA is the lead ministry and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) is the implementing agency for the Malaysian Pavilion, which will span 727sqm within the 25-ha futuristic expo site in Astana city centre. A dedicated counter was created within KeTTHA’s booth at KL Convention Centre at the International Green Tech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2016 to promote Astana EXPO 2017. Kazakhstan, one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers, has a target to meet 50 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2050.