Bilateral U.S.-South Africa Defense Industry Cooperation Symposium
September 20, 2010
The Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa organized a U.S.-South Africa Defense Industry Cooperation Symposium held at the Spier Wine Estate in Cape Town, South Africa on September 20, 2010. This by invitation only one-day symposium was held immediately prior to the start of the Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) Exhibition which was held at Ysterplaat Airforce Base (also near Capetown).
The overall objective of this one day event was to initiate business-to-business discussions on how the private sector might be able to contribute to bilateral defense cooperation. Attendees explored opportunities for American companies to sell to the South African military and discussed U.S.-South African collaboration in peacekeeping projects across Africa. They also focused on South African exports to the United States military. This is the first event of its type that has ever been held in Africa. It is hoped this symposium will be the first of a long series of biannual events highlighting the potential for U.S.-South African defense industry cooperation.
Among the topics being covered at this event: the African Battlespace, an overview by both U.S. Department of Defense and South African National Defense Forces, U.S. and South African acquisition, and capacity build and facilities.
This bilateral conference was organized with the support of the U.S. Department of Defense and the South African National Defense Forces. The Aerospace Maritime and Defense Association of South Africa (AMD) and ARMSCOR, the South Africa government-owned corporation that serves as the purchasing arm of the South African military, were sponsors and co-organizers in conjunction with the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in South Africa. The first NDIA member companies to have come forward offering sponsorship of this event were The Boeing Company and Raytheon Company.