Minister of Defence Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced many ‘first’ in the series of continuous DSA exhibitions since 2006 and this year’s is the most successful. “This year, we have a lot of ‘first’ forums and discourses”.
He also said that this year, the focus is not on the value of contract signed but instead the technology and collaboration spin-off that could be continuously developed for the Malaysian defense industry in years to come.
“Today, we signed 15 agreements. We want to see what will be generated from these. Our focus is on the preparation for future defense”.
He was speaking to media, whom he described as ‘partners’ in making this year’s DSA the biggest and most successful so far, RM 4 billion amount of agreements and MOUs. Expected value to be signed is RM 25 billion. All together, 826 participating companies, agencies and representatives exhibited their products and services.
The were several forums, talks and round table discourses held for this year’s DSA exhibition. The highlight is the Putrajaya Forum 2012 organized by Malaysian Institute of Defense and Security (MIDAS). The participation was very encouraging.