A webinar and Expo between India and Maldives were held today. The Theme of the webinar was ‘Joint Indo Maldives High-Level Defence Engagement’. It was organized under the aegis of the Department of Defence Production (DDP), Ministry of Defence (MoD) through the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
This webinar is the part of Aero India 21 series of webinars which is being organized to boost defense cooperation and engagements with friendly foreign countries.
Both sides spoke about close, cordial, and multi-dimensional relationships between the countries. Additional Secretary (DP) Shri Sanjay Jaju mentioned that India has a pre‐eminent position in the Maldives and, in accordance with the “Neighbourhood First” policy of the government, the country remains a committed development partner for a stable, prosperous and peaceful Maldives.
Shri Jaju further said that the Indian ecosystem is fast progressing in realizing the dream of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ through the government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ initiative. Self-reliant India or the Atmanirbhar Bharat program is not inward-looking but it is to create an ecosystem where India is integrated with the global ecosystem. It is about producing cost-effective quality products not just to meet the domestic requirements but also cater to the requirement of the world, especially the friendly nations, including the Maldives.
During the webinar, the MNDF made a detailed presentation on their requirements and 11 Indian Defence Companies Bharat Electronics Limited, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), Mahindra Defence System Ltd, MKU Limited, SMPP, Ordnance Factory Board, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, Zen Technologies Ltd, Larsen & Toubro and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd highlighted their capabilities, product offerings, and solutions.
Chief of Defence Force of Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Major General Abdulla Shamaal, High Commissioner of India to the Maldives Shri Sunjay Sudhir, and other senior MoD officials from both sides participated in the webinar. The webinar was also attended by more than 375 participants and 41 virtual exhibition stalls have been set up in the Expo.