The 17th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2022) in combination with National Security Asia (NATSEC Asia 2022) kicked off Monday in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The exhibition was launched with the participation of 1,170 companies from 54 countries and more than 350 foreign delegations representing 45 countries, and will run until March 31.
Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said "As one of the world's leading defense and security exhibitions, the next four days will send a strong signal to the world that Malaysia is open for business and is the ideal destination for investments and trade," and added that the exhibition would contribute to his country's economic recovery efforts.
He explained that dignitaries including defense ministers, interior ministers, chiefs of the armed forces, inspectors general of police and heads of services in the army, navy and air force, as well as directors and heads of cybersecurity agencies, will participate in the exhibition.
He pointed to the exhibition, which includes 20 main halls for the participating countries, namely Slovakia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, India, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Indonesia, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey, the United States, South Korea, Azerbaijan, China and Malaysia.
25,000 visitors from more than 50 countries are expected, including about 4,800 international visitors who are experts, exhibitors, delegates, government officials, captains of the security, defense and technology industries, as well as foreign journalists.
The Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference was expected to take place in 2021 but were postponed due to restrictions imposed to control the outbreak of the Corona virus.