Department of Defence Production and FICCI organized a one and half day seminar on “Defence Procurement: Global Partnerships towards Joint Development and Indigenisation” during Defexpo 2014 on Feb 6 -7, 2014.
The need of self reliance and greater indigenisation was core focus as the seminar emphasised that no nation aspiring to be even a regional power can expect to achieve it without being substantively self-reliant in defence production. The eminent speakers from MoD, services, DPSUs and Private Sector emphasised on developing defence industrial base in country, and urged Indian armed forces and MoD to follow 'Look Within' policy in letter and spirit.
The seminar provided an opportunity to the industry to share the views on various aspects of the procurement, offsets and indigenisation. Mr Pati encouraged the industry to participate in “Make” programs in order to achieve substantiative self reliance in defence. He further added that a host of “Make” programs can energise the defence industrial base within the country with in turn help in acheive the goal of indigenisation. Prominent speakers from ministry of defence, service headquarters alongwith the Indian and foreign industry representatives also shared their experience relating to the procurement procedures and challanges toward indigenisation, technology transfer, co-development of technology, co-production of defence production, FDI, exports, licencing, offset facilitation and gave their recommendations to streamline the process and enhance indigenisation.