KUALA LUMPUR MAR 31: Even though DSA & NATSEC Asia 2022 that was held at MITEC from 28th until 31st Mac. 2022 was not open to the public, a total of 33,147 trade visitors were recorded in addition to the 350 VIP and VVIP delegations together with over 1000 participating companies and more than 20 international pavilions.
Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the four-day exhibition was the first and largest international event since the pandemic began, saw the signing of contracts, Memorandums of Understanding (MoU), Letters of Agreement, Letters of Intent and joint venture agreements worth more than RM4 billion, strengthening regional and bilateral cooperation between ASEAN nations and the global defence and national security industry.
He said, the DSA and NATSEC Asia 2022 has been globally recognised as one of the top five defence and national security exhibition in the world and for the next edition it is slated to be held from 6th -9th May 2024 at MITEC.
Hishammudin added, these successes are a testament to the importance of DSA & NATSEC Asia as it brings together policy makers, defence and security agencies, think tanks and academicians to discuss and share knowledge to promote understanding on regional and international defence and security issues.
“DSA & NATSEC Asia 2022 also saw the historic moment of the signing of the Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) between the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) and PT PINDAD (Persero) on 28 th March 2022.
“This MoC is a big first step for Malaysia and Indonesia to synergize and build collaboration so that both countries can leverage on their respective strengths and expertise in the defence industry,” Hishammuddin said to the media at the closing ceremony of the international exhibition today.
The Senior Minister stressed that as a major institutional investor in Malaysia, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) has a unique role to play in the defence industry. Apart from investing in defence businesses to generate financial return for the fund, it has a catalytic role to consolidate, institutionalise and transform the defence industry into a major contributor to Malaysia’s economy.
“I have met with five Ministers of Defence namely Prabowo from Indonesia; H.E Delfin Lorenzana from Philippines; H.E Ng Eng Hen from Singapore; Pehin Awang Halbi from Brunei and H.E Uza Mariya Didi from Maldives.
“On the bilateral meeting with Indonesia, we have agreed to convene the General Border Committee MALINDO meeting in July 2022 to discuss the progress of joint border posts. Malaysia will also study the Bandung model in developing our own domestic defence industry,” Hishammuddin added.
Meanwhile the bilateral meeting with Brunei saw both Defence Ministers agreeing to further explore defence cooperation particularly in joint exercises on terrorism.
The Senior Minister said: “We will also explore the possibility of increasing the number of Royal Brunei Armed Forces personnel under Malaysia’s United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
“Separately, one notable outcome from the bilateral meeting with Maldives is to provide more training seats to the Maldives Armed Forces as well as discussing their proposal to have MoU on defence cooperation with Malaysia.
“The bilateral meeting with Philippines and Singapore also reaffirmed the strong cooperation and long-standing relations between the two countries,” Hishammuddin reiterated. –Malaysia World News