New Delhi. The prestigious 22nd India International Security Expo, 2019, organized jointly by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) and the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), was inaugurated in New Delhi on October 3 by Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai.
The three-day expo-cum-conference is focused on defence and homeland security in India. Endorsed by the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of MSMEs and Ministry of External Affairs, DRDO, UPEIDA, States of Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for promoting their defence industrial corridors, endorsement by Invest India as the Facilitation Partner for Investment.
The Expo 2019 witnessed a large number of participation in its inaugural session from Centre and State Government officials, delegates from 12 countries, armed forces, paramilitary forces, state police, among others, along with significant participation form industry stakeholders across the world.
Speaking at the inauguration, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai congratulated ITPO and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry for organizing the 22nd India International Security Expo 2019. Highlighting the vision of Hon’ble PM, he said that whole country and every individual is committed to fulfill the vision of Make in India.
While emphasizing on strengthening peace and harmony in the country, he said that India is not far to be self-reliant in the defence sector
While appreciating the policy initiative undertaken by the government in defense and homeland security, Dr D K Aggarwal, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said in the inaugural session that further improvement in the ease of doing business in manufacturing will go a long way in reducing import dependency and also make India a Defence manufacturing hub.
He apprised the participants about the Expo 2019, which offers an excellent platform for connecting industry stakeholders and providing lucrative business opportunities in Defence and homeland security.
L C Goyal, CMD, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) emphasized on equipping our security agencies with latest modern weaponary and technology in order to build strong defence and security environment. He also threw light on expanding research and development in defence sector to expand production possibility frontiers.
Vivek Bhardwaj, IAS, Additional Secretary, Police Modernization, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India highlighted the need for modernization of the armed forces with the latest weapons. He opined that technology adoption, promoting investments and industry participation are critical to boost the productivity of India’s defence sector.
Rajiv Bhatnagar, Chairman, PHD Defence & HLS Committee stated that defence and homeland security should be tapped and explored as one of the major sectors contributing to the growth of manufacturing and becoming USD 5 trillion economy by 2024-25.
Lt Gen Subrata Saha PVSM UYSM YSM VSM (Retd), Member-NSAB and Chief Mentor, PHD Defence and HLS Committee in his remarks stated that there is a need to enhance spending in research and development and skill development of workforce to strengthen defence and homeland security in India
The esteemed dignitaries at the Inaugural Session were LC Goyal, CMD, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), Vivek Bhardwaj, IAS, Additional Secretary, Policy Modernization, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Rajesh Agrawal, IAS, Executive Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), Dr Ron Malka, Israel Ambassador to India, Dr D K Aggarwal, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Mahesh Y Reddy, Secretary General, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rajiv Bhatnagar, Chairman, PHD Defence and HLS Committee, Lt Gen Subrata Saha PVSM UYSM YSM VSM (Retd), Member-NSAB and Chief Mentor, PHD Defence and HLS Committee.
The theme of this year’s expo-cum-conference is in line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Make in India – For India and the World and for achieving five-trillion economy. It focuses on making the country adequately equipped with latest arms and ammunition, technologies, state-of-art infrastructure and creation of employment opportunities in the country.
The Expo will be open until October 5, 2019 from 1000 hrs to 1800 hrs.