PRETORIA, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, together with a South African delegation, has left for the United Arab Emirates to attend the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) being held in Abu Dhabi from Sunday to Thursday.
IDEX is among the world’s leading defence exhibitions, with a total of 57 countries and 1,235 companies registered to participate. Participating companies include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rostec and South Africa’s State-owned arms manufacturer, Denel.
“Brown will work to strengthen government-to-government partnerships, and relationships with global defence companies and stakeholders,” the Department of Public Enterprises said in a statement here Sunday.
Denel will be exhibiting its own global defence capabilities and services with a view to consolidating existing relationships and securing key new clients.
“Brown will encourage international stakeholders to do business with Denel to expand the company’s order book and boost the South African defence manufacturing industry.”
Defence exports and linked services create jobs and contribute towards the filling of scarce skills in the high-tech and advanced manufacturing sectors. These skills are vital to South Africa’s global competitiveness, the statement noted.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK