On 4 April 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov met with Astana EXPO 2017 CEO Akhmetzhan Yesimov in Astana.
The parties discussed preparations for the SCO pavilion at the Astana EXPO 2017 International Exhibition, due to open 10 June 2017 in the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
After the meeting, the SCO Secretary-General visited the Astana EXPO 2017 exhibition complex and the site of the future SCO pavilion.
Kazakhstan, an SCO co-founding member, will become the first CIS and Central Asian country to host the EXPO, a major global event.
The exposition will feature an SCO pavilion for the first time in the Organisation's history.
The SCO Secretary-General has arrived in Kazakhstan for an upcoming SCO National Security Council Secretaries Meeting on 5-6 April 2017 during this year of Kazakhstan's SCO Presidency. The meeting will open a series of key events ahead of the SCO Summit in Astana, scheduled for June 2017.