Islamabad - Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that Ministry of Defence Production is committed towards enhancement of defence production in the country and export to other states of the surplus to meet the need of their armed forces.

In his inaugural address to first ever two-day national level seminar here on Thursday, he also commended Defence Export Promotion Organisation and Centre for International Strategic Studies, Islamabad for organising a first ever national level seminar on the important subject of Public– Private Partnership in Defence Production and Export. 

He said that the seminar organised on the explicit direction of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as it was his vision to re-structure the whole domain of defence productions by enhancing public-private partnership.

He said that the purpose of the seminar is to provide a platform for the entrepreneurs, financial experts, engineers, policy makers and academicians to share views and make recommendations for developing a draft policy frame-work for promoting public private partnership in defence industry and export of Pakistan equipment in international market. “It was very satisfying to note that representatives from private and public defence industry, research organisations, universities and government departments are participating in the seminar and shared their perspectives on important sub-themes of the seminar,” said the minister.

He said: “Their recommendations will be compiled in the seminar report and based on this report, a defence production and export policy of the country will be developed.”

He said the seminar focused on a wide range of themes relevant to public - private partnership in defence production like global and regional military outlook, trends and challenges for Pakistan’s defence industry, prospects of defence industry in national development including public-private partnership, IT and indigenisation, financial models to facilitate public-private partnership and last but not least a legal framework to ensure stability and confidence of private sector.

Similarly Turkish public-private partnership model in defence production and enhancing defence exports was presented by Dr Ismail Demir, Turkish under Secretary for Defence Industry.

Some 50-70 eminent speakers from public and private sectors, academia and industry shared their intellectual input during three plenary sessions and five breakout / roundtable sessions on 2 and 3 December respectively.

The participants were foreign diplomats in Pakistan, senior government and armed forces officials, academia, chambers of commerce and industry and civil delegates. Meanwhile, a Turkish delegation called on Minister for Defense Productions, Rana Tanvir Hussain in Islamabad.

The delegation comprised Prof. Dr Ismail Demir. Undersecretary Mujdat Uludag, Head of Demaprtment/Naval Platforms and Murat Ceran, Head of Department/Fixed Wing Platforms.

During the meeting all on important issues regarding defence production industry and defence trade between the two countries were discussed.