Major defence forum with global interest to return to Perth

A major defence conference attracting diplomats, military and industry leaders from around the world will return to Perth for the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic.

The Indian Ocean Defence and Security Conference will be held at Optus Stadium on July 26 and 27 at a time when rising geopolitical tensions have placed national security front of mind for government’s across the globe.

Speakers and attendees expected to attend the event include the Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi, India’s Ambassador to China Shivshankar Menon and the chief operating officer of major defence contractor BAE Systems Australia Darren Kirkby.

Camera IconPolice Minister Paul Papalia speaks to the media at Furgo Remote Pilot Command Centre today. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

First held in 2018, COVID restrictions forced the cancellation of the conference in each of the last two years but Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia announced it would return this winter.

“This will be an event that brings together key international players from the United Kingdom, the United States, India and Japan and other players around our region to talk about security matters,” Mr Papalia said.

“We will have some world class speakers coming here and confronting and discussing challenges that are faced by AUKUS and the Quadrilateral here in the Indian Ocean.”

More than 500 people are expected to attend the conference, which will also provide an opportunity for WA companies to showcase products that have defence or security applications.

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