Jane’s Information Group co-organize BRIDEX

Jane’s to co-organise conference

Friday, July 18, 2008
DEFENCE publishing company Jane’s Information Group will co-organise the conference aspect of the upcoming Brunei Darussalam International Defence Exhibition (Bridex) with Royal Brunei Technical Services (RBTS), the state procurement agency announced yesterday.

Senior government ministers, defence force chiefs and industry experts will gather to exchange ideas and information on key issues facing defence forces regionally and beyond during the one-day conference on August 11 next year.

Bridex, which ends on August 15, will also see the publication of Jane’s official Show Guide and Show Daily magazines throughout.

“Bridex will attract defence policy-makers and decision-makers from across the region and further afield, and this conference will provide the ideal platform for them to engage with their counterparts and with the major manufacturers and suppliers,” said RBTS chief executive Lt Col (Rtd) Amir Hamzah Hj Hanafi in a press statement released yesterday.

“Jane’s is one of the most respected sources of information and analysis on the global defence industry, and their participation will enhance the profile of the event,” he added.

Bridex is expected to draw around 250 exhibitors, and will be held at a new purpose-built exhibition centre which the organisers said will become the permanent home for the event. The venue was not disclosed.

The event is focused on the most senior government and defence policymakers and will showcase innovative and value-enhancing technology solutions which address the security challenges facing defence forces, the media statement read.

RBTS is currently promoting the event this week at the Farnborough Air Show, one of the world’s largest aviation trade shows in the UK. The Bridex delegation, which includes defence deputy minister Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, will be meeting with senior officials from leading aerospace manufacturers and suppliers to promote the Sultanate’s sole defence and security event.

The conference and exhibition will concentrate on four key areas of relevance for defence forces and security agencies: Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence and Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (C4ISTAR); homeland security; supporting deployed forces on peacekeeping/humanitarian support missions; and border surveillance and protection. (HHM1)The Brunei Times

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