Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will travel to India and Singapore from 16 to 19 January 2018, to promote Australia’s world-class defence capabilities for export and strengthen regional defence industry relationships.
In India, the Minister will represent the Australian Government at the third annual Raisina Dialogue to discuss the region’s emerging security dynamics and will highlight Australian Defence innovation.
“Since its inception, the Raisina Dialogue has emerged as India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and economics. It presents a unique opportunity to highlight the world-class capabilities of Australian defence companies to global government, business and industry leaders,” Minister Pyne said.
While in India, Minister Pyne will also meet with Indian Defence Minister Sitharaman to discuss opportunities for defence industry engagement, as well as address the Indian National Defence College.
“Like Australia, India is investing in modernising its military and developing a stronger defence industrial base. As regional security partners, there is great value in sharing our experiences and exploring opportunities for cooperation,” he said.
In Singapore, the Minister will meet with Singaporean Foreign Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, and address the Singapore-based Australian Chamber of Commerce
Minister Pyne will also meet with senior representatives from Singapore Technology – Engineering, to discuss opportunities for Australian defence companies.
“Australia and Singapore are strengthening economic and security cooperation under our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Defence industry sits at the nexus of these two interests and I look forward to progressing our cooperation in this area,” Minister Pyne said.
Minister Pyne will also meet with Australian Defence attaches and representatives posted to the Asia-region, to highlight their vital role in promoting Australian defence exports and international defence industry collaboration.
“Defence representatives attached to Australia’s regional diplomatic missions play a key role in supporting export outcomes for Australian defence industry. Their networks and insight are vital to gaining access to and successfully navigating regional defence markets,” Minister Pyne said.