NAMEXPO 2013: Cur­tain-raiser

The first Naval and Mar­itime Ex­po­si­tion 2013 NAMEXPO has elicited en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from all the stake­hold­ers which in turn has en­cour­aged ac­tive sup­port from the Min­istry of Ship­ping, Min­istry of MSME, Min­istry of Earth Sciences and the Gov­ern­ment of

SP's MAI - - FRONT PAGE - [ By Rear Ad­mi­ral (Retd) Sushil Ram­say]

A Naval and Mar­itime Ex­po­si­tion (NAMEXPO) and Con­fer­ence is be­ing or­gan­ised by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) in as­so­ci­a­tion with the In­dian Navy, Min­istry of Mi­cro Small and Medium En­ter­prises (MSME), Min­istry of Ship­ping, Min­istry of Earth Sciences and the Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala from Septem­ber 23-27, 2013, in the precinct of the Cochin Port Trust in Kochi. At the cur­tain raiser cer­e­mony of the pi­o­neer­ing ini­tia­tive on Septem­ber 16, 2013, Vice Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, said that over the decades, our ef­forts in in­di­geni­sa­tion have helped us achieve global ship­build­ing stan­dards, re­sult­ing to­day in 46 of the 47 war­ships and sub­marines on or­der for the In­dian Navy be­ing con­structed in In­dian ship­yards.

Vice Ad­mi­ral Dhowan also said that the In­dian Navy is poised to grow and mod­ernise and in the com­ing decade we plan to in­duct four to five plat­forms ev­ery year. “This pro­vides an ideal op­por­tu­nity to the In­dian ship­yards and the in­dus­try to adopt a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach and joint ven­ture part­ner­ship to in­duct state-of-the-art weapons, sen­sors and com­bat man­age­ment sys­tems into the In­dian Navy to meet the dy­namic chal­lenges which lie in the mar­itime do­main.”

NAMEXPO 2013 is a pi­o­neer­ing ven­ture be­ing laid on firm foun­da­tion to hold bright prospects for the In­dian in­dus­try. The unique con­cepts en­shrined into NAMEXPO 2013 have elicited en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from all the stake­hold­ers which in turn has en­cour­aged ac­tive sup­port from the Min­istry of Ship­ping, Min­istry of MSME, Min­istry of Earth Sciences and the Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala. De­spite be­ing the first ex­po­si­tion of its kind, all the stake­hold­ers have of­fered an over­whelm­ing re­sponse to the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII). Over months of prepara­tory works CII have en­sured to pro­vide a com­mon plat­form to end-users and man­u­fac­tur­ers to know and un­der­stand each other’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and re­quire­ments.

Satish K. Kaura, Co-Chair­man, CII Na­tional Com­mit­tee on De­fence and Aero­space & Chair­man, Sam­tel Group, herald­ing the forth­com­ing event said that NAMEXPO 2013 was aimed at pro­ject­ing In­dian In­dus­try’s tech­no­log­i­cal and man­u­fac­tur­ing prow­ess. “There is no deny­ing the fact that In­dian in­dus­try will fur­ther flour­ish if the re­quired ecosys­tem is put in the place. One needs to un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach can yield the de­sired re­sults. Col­lab­o­ra­tion is the key to suc­cess. In­dian in­dus­try is keen to col­lab­o­rate with the In­dian Navy and var­i­ous other gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties as well as for­eign orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs) for the long-term sus­tain­able projects. In­dian in­dus­try is very keen to sup­port gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to re­alise the goals of self-re­liance and in­di­geni­sa­tion.”

Gur­pal Singh, Prin­ci­pal Ad­vi­sor of CII, said that CII has been com­mit­ted to cre­ate a ro­bust do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ing base across the spec­trum. “There have been sev­eral suc­cess sto­ries es­pe­cially in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, IT and au­to­mo­bile sec­tors. How­ever, man­u­fac­tur­ing in de­fence sec­tor is far be­low the mark. There is a need to en­cour­age pri­vate sec­tor to pro­mote in­di­geni­sa­tion and achieve self-re­liance. Gov­ern­ment of In­dia should pro­mote in­dige­nous pro­duc­tion, give in­cen­tives like tax ex­emp­tion to de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ers and en­cour­age ex­ports.”

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