The forthcoming DefExpo 2022, scheduled to be held in Gandhinagar from October 18 to 22, will host the second edition of the India-Africa Defence Dialogue with invites extended to 53 African countries. A separate Indian Ocean Region plus (IOR+) conclave with participation of approximately 40 countries is also on the anvil, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.
Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar reviewed the preparations of the Expo at a meeting on Saturday with Gujarat Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar.
This edition will see the participation of only Indian companies. The Expo, earlier scheduled to be held in March, was postponed due to “logistical challenges” the Ministry had said.
For DefExpo 2022, Indian companies, Indian subsidiaries of foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers, Division of company registered in India, exhibitor having joint venture with an Indian company will be considered as Indian participants.
The theme of DefExpo 2022 is ‘Path to Pride’ and the aim is to showcase the might of the domestic defence industry, which is now powering ‘Make in India, Make for the World’ resolve of the Government.
The Expo earlier scheduled to be held in March was postponed due to ‘logistical challenges’