New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed, in New Delhi on Friday, February 18, the preparations of DefExpo-2022, Asia’s largest exhibition on land, naval and homeland security systems, to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in March.
The event is being organised as one of the largest defence international exhibitions of the world.
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There has been greater domestic and international interest in this 12th edition of DefExpo, since India relaxed its health protocols owing to the reduction in COVID-19 cases.
Noting that the relaxation in COVID protocols has generated greater interest in DefExpo 2022, Rajnath extended the event by one day.
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The exhibition will now be held between March 10 and 14, 2022. It will facilitate defence business through three business days and makes it inclusive for young entrepreneurs and college/school millennials of Gujarat during two public days.
The DefExpo 2022 will be held as a hybrid exhibition, with stalls in both physical and virtual realms. This will ensure greater engagement as the exhibitors will be able to cater to both physical and virtual attendees.
The minister was briefed that virtual attendees could participate in seminars, interact with the exhibitors & representatives; hold Business-to-Business (B2B) meetings and view product details and supporting videos.
The mega exhibition is being planned in a three-venue format – exhibition at the Helipad Exhibition Center (HEC); Events and Seminars at the Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Center (MCEC) and live demonstration for the public at Sabarmati Riverfront. Safety protocols such as compulsory wearing of facemask, non-contact interactions, respiratory hygiene etc will be implemented at all venues in line with the prevailing health protocols.
Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lt Gen Manoj Pande, Financial Advisor (Defence Services) Sanjiv Mittal and other senior civil & military officials of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) were present on the occasion.