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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviews preparations of DefExpo 2022; event extended by a day

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviews preparations of DefExpo 2022; event extended by a day
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh Thursday reviewed preparations of DefExpo 2022. (Picture credits: India Today)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday reviewed the preparations for DefExpo 2022, Asia’s largest exhibition on land, naval and homeland security systems to be held in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar in March. The event is expected to be one of the largest international defence exhibitions in the world.

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. So far, 930 exhibitors have registered for the mega event and the numbers are expected to rise beyond 1,000 in the days ahead.

Event extended by a day as relaxation in Covid protocols generates greater interest

Since relaxation in Covid protocols has generated greater interest in DefExpo 2022, Rajnath Singh extended the event by one day. The exhibition will now be held between March 10-14. It will facilitate defence business through three business days, making it inclusive for young entrepreneurs and college and 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 Raksha Mantri was briefed that virtual attendees could participate in seminars, interact with the exhibitors and representatives, hold Business-to-Business (B2B) meetings and also view product details and supporting videos.

Mega exhibition in three-venue format with Covid protocols

The mega exhibition is being planned in a three-venue format; an exhibition at the Helipad Exhibition Center (HEC), events and seminars at the Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Center (MCEC) and a live demonstration for the public at Sabarmati Riverfront.

Safety protocols such as compulsory wearing of face masks, hygiene and non-physical interactions will be implemented at all venues in line with the prevailing health protocols.

The theme of the event has been christened, ‘Path to Pride’. The event will showcase India’s resolution to be the first amongst firsts. With indigenous technological and logistics prowess at the forefront, the event will invigorate the defence industry, start-ups and MSMEs to cement solid partnerships with attending foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

The DefExpo 2022 is symbolic of India’s resolve to accelerate its business interests and take global initiatives towards peace and security in the region.

Shri Rajnath Singh appreciated the arrangements made by the Ministry of Defence in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat and exuded confidence in a safe and successful DefExpo 2022.

Launch of DefExpo 2022 mobile app

A DefExpo 2022 mobile app was also launched by the Raksha Mantri during the review. It is an interactive and user-friendly interface for all issues related to the event. The app, available on the Android/iOS platforms, contains features to support exhibitors, attendees and the media. It provides information on the exhibitors, schedule, speakers, venue maps, driving directions, publications as well as notifications to visitors and exhibitors.

New features, such as delegate hospitality management and structured feedback including cleanliness related issues, have been added to the app.

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