How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO summit (photo report)

How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Viktor Fedyunin/Kazinform

On July 3-4, the Kazakh capital will host the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The heads of state of the member countries will discuss a wide range of topical issues of interaction. Kazinform News Agency offers a photo report on the preparation of Astana for this crucial event.

On the threshold of the summit, Astana has turned into the center of international diplomacy.

Local authorities thoroughly prepared for the event, beginning from the Astana International Airport, to welcome the high-profile guests. Big banners featuring the SCO symbol and words of welcome create a solemn atmosphere.

How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Viktor Fedyunin/Kazinform

During the SCO summit, the airport and railways stations will operate in around-the-clock and in a reinforced regime, with more than 100 employees and volunteers attracted.

How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Viktor Fedyunin/Kazinform
How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Viktor Fedyunin/Kazinform

All roads were repaired and streets were cleaned up.

How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Agibay Ayapbergenov/ Kazinform

Special attention was given to the landscaping and greenspace expansion across the city. Trees, flowers and bushes were planted along the central streets.

How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Agibay Ayapbergenov/Kazinform

It is not accidental that the Palace of Independence was chosen as the SCO summit platform. For many years, it has served as a venue for numerous important state and international events. The building itself and the surrounding area are rightfully regarded as one of the landmark symbols of the Kazakh capital.

The last preparations have already finished around the Palace of Independence. The building has been decorated with the flags of the participating countries which create the atmosphere of international unity and friendship of peoples. Central avenues and squares have been decorated with the banners and flags featuring the SCO symbol.

How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Soltan Zhexenbekov/Kazinform

The press centre for the journalists and reporters of the leading foreign and local media was deployed at the Palace of Peace and Accord located opposite the Palace of Independence.

How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Agibay Ayapbergenov / Kazinform

Given the high status of the summit, the city’s police switched to a reinforced regime with the increased number of police patrol units and enhanced visual control. Stationary police stations are operating near the entrances to the city, inspecting the vehicles and drivers. Air security measures were enhanced as well. Police warn of introduction of temporary restriction measures along the main streets of Astana during the official delegations’ movement.

The employees of governmental organizations and quasi-state companies were recommended to work online from July 2 to 4 to avoid traffic jam, while kindergartens will be closed for two days (July 3-4).

The Astana Airport will operate in a routine mode during the summit. 

How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Agibay Ayapbergenov/Kazinform
How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Agibay Ayapbergenov/Kazinform
How the Kazakh capital prepares to host SCO Summit (photo report)
Photo credit: Agibay Ayapbergenov/ Kazinform

 

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