Andhra Pradesh’s industry and IT minister was recently at an important interaction held between India and US defence companies hosted by the US consulate in Hyderabad.
The meeting discussed the broad outcomes of the recently held 2+2 ministerial dialogue held in Washington DC and as to how defence ties could be further bolstered between the two nations.
Initiated last year the 2+2 Ministerial is the highest-level institutional mechanism between the two countries and provides for a review of the security, defence and strategic partnership between India and the United States.
Seizing the opportunity AP’s industry minister, Mr Gowtham Reddy Mekapati asked the leading US defence companies present to come and set up in AP. He talked about creating a dedicated Industrial Defence complex in Vizag.He said that the state government is looking to replicate successful defence clusters around the world and imbibe their way of functioning here. The state government would also hold consultations with the various stakeholders involved to see how best this can be set up.
‘This will be a game changer for AP and put the state on the national map as an important defence cluster’ said Mr Srinivas Raju of Geomardy the only company from AP to be present in the meeting.
Mr Raju who is also the Vice Chairman of CII, Visakhapatnam said that today the Indian defence sector is looking at state of the art technology wherein customization and integration can take place to an already existing platform.
‘This 2+2 initiative provides a great opportunity for Indian companies to collaborate with some of the leading US defence companies’ said Mr Raju.
He added that collaborating with these top notch US defence companies would further enhance the skill sets of many in this sector.
‘These are all 4.0 technologies and will overall improve the defence manufacturing ecosystem here’ said Geomardy’s Raju .
The US consul general, US Consulate, Hyderabad Mr Joel Reifman along with a host of other senior dignitaries and officials were also present in the meeting.
2+2 Meeting in D.C.
While in the recently concluded 2+2 meeting on December 18thRaksha Mantri Mr Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar met US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark T Esper and Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo in Washington DC on December 18, 2019 for the second annual India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.
The two sides concluded the Industrial Security Annex during the visit. Priority initiatives were identified for execution under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) programme. As per an official communication from the government the two sides also concluded a standard operating procedure for this process. These measures are expected to provide momentum to collaboration between the private defence industries of both India and the US. The two sides also agreed to move forward in their engagement in the area of defence innovation.