Public Private Partnership in Defence Production and Export: Challenges and Way Forward December 2 and 3, 2015. A seminar titled 'Public Private Partnership in Defence Production and Export: Challenges and Way Forward,' was organized by Defense Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) in collaboration with the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) on December 2 and 3 2015. Spread over two days the seminar was inaugurated by the President of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussein. General Raheel Sharif will be the chief guest in the first plenary session on the first day of seminar. The seminar was attended besides the President by the Minister for Defence Production Mr. Rana Tanvir Hussain, Secretary Defence Production Lt. Gen. Retd. Mohammad Owais and other senior civil and military officers. It was also attended by ambassadors, high commissioners distinguished members of government, corporate sector, international defense technology organizations, academia, research & training institutes as well as public and private sector industries involved in defense production. On the second day of seminar, five simultaneous break-out sessions took place, which will came out with concrete policy guidelines and set of recommendations for the government to promote public-private cooperation in defence industry. Among the speakers a prominent industrialist from Turkey Mr. Ismail Demi also participated and spoke about the Turkish model of Public Private Partnership in Defence Production. The two-day seminar covered a wide set of themes relevant to public-private partnership in defence production and speakers addressed each of the given themes, share their innovative and valuable ideas and came up with concrete policy guidelines and recommendations for the Government. A large number of people from academia, corporate sector and government participated in this seminar. Given the evolving regional and global security outlook and the need to take initiatives to promote indigenization of defence production and increase exports in collaboration with the private sector, the seminar could not have come at a more appropriate time. The Seminar received wide coverage in the national press.
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