30,000 visitors, 400 companies set to participate in Egypt's EDEX defence exhibition: Minister

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 Nov 2021

Some 30,000 visitors and 400 exhibiting companies representing 42 countries are expected to take part in the second edition of Egypt's Defense Expo (EDEX 2021), said Egyptian Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed Ahmed Morsi.

Egyptian Minister of State for Military Production
Egyptian Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed Ahmed Morsy speaks during a press conference on Saturday, 27 November 2021 (Ministry of Military Production)

In a press conference on Saturday, Morsi said the international defence and military industries exhibition will see the presence of more than 40 defence and military production ministers as well military leaders from around the world.

The exhibition will run from Monday till Thursday.

In 2018, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated the first edition of EDEX that witnessed the participation of 373 major defence companies from 41 countries.

EDEX 2018 saw the participation of the defence ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sudan, France, Greece, Cyprus, South Sudan, Cameroon, South Korea, and Somalia. Seven chiefs of staff and as many military production ministers also attended the 2018 exhibition.

The high turnout of the first exhibition affirmed Egypt's "distinguished and balanced" international relations with all countries, Morsi told today's press conference.

Morsi noted that it was President El-Sisi’s dream to place Egypt on the map of countries organising arms exhibitions, adding that the dream came true with the unprecedented success of EDEX 2018.

The first edition reflected the technological progress of Egyptian military industries as well as the country's safety and stability, he added.

Morsi emphasised that the various Egyptian parties participating in the exhibition will showcase their pioneering efforts in developing a military industry in the Middle East and Africa.

These parties include the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Military Production, the Arab Organisation for Industrialisation, and others.

The minister added that President El-Sisi has issued directives to expand industrialisation across all military manufacturing agencies.

In light of the presidential directives, he added, Egypt has been pushing ahead with efforts to "establish real partnerships and cooperate with all friendly countries to reach an Egyptian product that is manufactured by production lines in Egyptian factories."

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