Partnerships are key [ID18D2]

08 November 2018

The eighth edition of Indo Defence was officially opened by Indonesian vice president Jusuf Kalla (pictured) on 7 November, welcoming and inviting domestic and foreign delegations and industry to work together to develop partnerships that will prove fruitful for international defence relations.

The deputy premier welcomed Indonesia’s partners to the show, which will see 193 official delegations from 33 countries visit Indo Defence.

Official representatives from a number of nations were welcomed to stand by Kalla as the show was opened, namely from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Iran, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

In a multi-agency effort, the army, the police and members of parliament are joining forces to represent the show, which has increased in size with the addition of two extra halls at this year’s iteration of the exhibition.

The show has grown by some 15 per cent this year since 2016, the organisers say, and there is an increase in the number of participants that want to take part in the show. A total of 867 exhibitors from 60 countries are here, with 30 dedicated pavilions having been set up.

Local and international companies, plus the government, media outlets and academia, are all encouraged to work together during the exhibition, co-operating to ensure that the most effective technologies and relationships are developed.

Over the four days of the show, some 2,500 visitors are expected, and official delegations from Indonesia are to include the ministry of business and finance, education, foreign relations, research and testing, and communications.

The government claimed that Indo Defence is effectively utilised when it takes place every two years to strengthen product offerings, as well as to bolster the relationships between the Indonesian military and foreign delegations.

Into Defence is now considered the biggest defence show in Asia as a result of this growth, Menurut Menhan, Indonesia's defence minister says, adding that it is also in the the top 10 worldwide.

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