COAS for enhanced public-private partnership to turn defence industry into self-reliant entity
July 19, 2019
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – A two-day national seminar on ‘Defence Production – Security through Self Reliance’ was held at Army Auditorium, Rawalpindi on Friday. The seminar aimed at paving the way for self-reliance by exploring indigenous defence production potential, identifying organizational and institutional challenges of defence industry, pragmatic solutions to optimize defence production and recommending policy level measures to have fully immersed private sector in defence production. Members from different ministries, public and private organizations, chamber of commerce and industries, defence production establishments and members from academia attended the seminar. Representatives from the public sector discussed and suggested the way forward for public-private partnership in defence production. Based on discussion and suggestions discussed during the two-day sessions, seminar concluded with policy level recommendations for the government. Major recommendations included establishment of a task force under Prime Minister Imran Khan for a roadmap to facilitating indigenous defence production, establishing raw material industry, incorporating private sector for raw material base so as to optimally utilize public sector capacity for indigenous defence production, surplus defence potential for export, establishing ‘digital parks’ to tap software industry potential and promoting R&D in universities. Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa thanked participants for giving time to an important issue concerning national security. He said that there was a need for enhanced public-private partnership to turn Pakistan defence industry into vibrant, self-reliant and self-sustained entity. “Apart from public sector and defence production organizations, a fully integrated private sector in our defence industry is much wanting. There is a need to amplify indigenization through fully integrated public and private organizations in defence production for meaningful progression in defence of the country,” he concluded. Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal and Minister for Science and Technology Chaudary Fawad Hussain shared their views and suggestions for development of the Pakistan defence industry into a prolific entity. Representatives from private sectors shared a roadmap for enhancing public-private partnership in the defence production. Adviser to PM on Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood enlightened the participants on importance of independent Defence industry for national security.