New Delhi: A webinar between India and Brazil was held on Tuesday, 8th December, the theme being ‘Indian Defence Industry Global Outreach for Collaborative Partnership: Webinar and Expo’. It was organised under the aegis of the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence (MoD) through the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM).
According to a statement from the Indian Defence Ministry, this webinar, which is the first being organised with the South American Country, is a part of the series of webinars which are being organised with friendly foreign countries in order to boost defence exports and achieve the defence export target of $5 billion in the next five years.
High Commissioners of both the countries; Secretary, SEPROD Brazil; and senior MoD officials from both sides participated in the webinar and spoke about the multifaceted relationship and strategic partnership between two countries. Anurag Bajpai, Joint Secretary DIP / (P&C), Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India stated that broad-based bilateral defence cooperation is important in enhancing the strategic partnership. He mentioned that partnership between industries of both countries through joint ventures, co-development and collaboration in sharing advanced technologies will be a win-win situation for both the nations to achieve their objective of self-reliance in defence. The coming year 2021 appears promising for India – Brazil defence cooperation as many MoUs and JVs are likely to show results, said Joint Secretary Bajpai according to the MoD press note.
Indian companies Tata Aerospace and Defence, SSS Springs, SMPP, MKU Ltd., MDL, Mahindra Defence Systems, L&T, Jindal Steel, HAL, GSL, BEL, and Ashok Leyland made company and product presentations on major platforms. From Brazilian industries, ATECH, CBC, DGS Defence, and PINETREE made company presentations. The webinar was attended by more than 150 delegates and more than 100 virtual exhibition stalls from Indian companies were setup in the Expo, stated the Defence Ministry.
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