27 Oct 2015
DSTA hosted a networking session on 26 October 2015 that shared insights into Singapore’s defence technology landscape with more than 250 representatives of technology enterprises and industry associations as well as government officials from France and Singapore.
Held in conjunction with the first Singapore-France Defence Industry Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Seminar, the event was part of the Defence Technology Community’s efforts to engage and foster closer collaboration with global enterprises.
Stressing the importance of seeking innovative technologies from around the world, DSTA Chief Executive Mr Tan Peng Yam said: “With the quickening pace of technological change, we see much potential in reaching out to SMEs and start-ups globally that could offer novel ideas to push technology boundaries. This event offers a great platform for SMEs from France and Singapore to exchange perspectives and discuss future capabilities with defence technologists… When people from different disciplines and geographical locations come together, innovation will happen.”
At the session, speakers from DSTA and the Future Systems and Technology Directorate of the Ministry of Defence shared Singapore’s areas of technological interest, capability development process and acquisition approach.
The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) Director for Asia Pacific, IGA Jacques Cousquer, shared the agency’s roles and responsibilities in exploiting technological advances to augment the defence capability of France. He said that SMEs are at the core of France’s defence capabilities and expressed confidence that leveraging the creativity and flexibility of SMEs will prove beneficial to Singapore’s defence ecosystem as well.
Representatives from France’s professional associations outlined the capabilities and technologies offered by their respective enterprises in the aerospace, maritime security and land defence industries.
The event provided a platform for networking opportunities and business meetings for participants to exchange perspectives, and discuss future capabilities and potential areas of collaboration.