In his opening speech, Major General Ho Quang Tuan, deputy head of the Vietnamese department, said the gathering, which takes place during Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s official visit to Vietnam, is an activity to implement the defense cooperation policy agreed between Vietnamese and Indian government and defense leaders.

Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressing the meeting

It provided a chance to boost mutual understanding and trust for partnership formation between defense businesses of the two nations, while enabling participating units and businesses to access updated information on cooperation contents of their interest and to come up with more suitable orientations and action plans for their joint work.

At the event, the two sides discussed a wide range of topic including research collaboration, design - manufacturing, technological transfer, defense goods purchase, and cooperation in defense industry and human resources training.

Sixteen companies from India introduced their outstanding research studies in suggestion for bilateral partnerships.

Speaking at the gathering, Rajib Kumar Sen, Joint Secretary & Economic Adviser at India’s Department of Defense Production, said Vietnam - India defense ties were built based on their time-honored traditional relations.

Effective joint activities have been carried out by the two defense ministries, he said, adding that the Indian Government attaches importance to the defense industry and has invested heavily in it.

The official expected the event will connect Vietnamese and Indian defense businesses in developing their new cooperation paths.

Source: VNA