Thursday, 5 February 2015

Langkawi fired up for Lima ‘15

LANGKAWI: Almost 95 per cent of the exhibition spaces for the 2015 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (Lima '15) have been snapped with 38 days left prior to its kick-off on Mar 17.

Ministry of Defence (Mindef) secretary-general Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi said the ministry had received an overwhelming response for this year's exhibition with a total of 502 exhibitors from 36 countries already confirmed their participation.

Abdul Rahim, who is also Lima '15 chairman, said the number had exceeded the initial target of pulling 476 exhibitors from 36 countries.

"We are proud to announce that Lima '15 has attracted bigger number of participants as compared to 433 exhibitors from 31 countries recorded in the previous edition.

"Lima '15 has attracted 70 per cent of 25 world's biggest defence companies such as Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Safran which will be exhibiting their new and state-of-the-art technologies.

"For the first time, Japan has voiced its intention to take part in the exhibition which will also be the first exhibition in South East Asian region participated by the country since the leniency given to its defense products export policy.

"At the same time, there are also other positive development in this year's exhibition, for instance the People's Republic of China booked 219 metre square of the exhibition space compared to only 60 metre square in the previous exhibition," he said in a press conference after the fourth main committee's meeting and visit to the exhibition sites here yesterday.

Also present was Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin who is also the exhibition joint-chairman.

Abdul Rahim said Lima '15 exhibition would emphasise on the Association of South East Asian (Asean) elements in its programme, in line with the Malaysia's chairmanship of 2015 Asean.

He said the five-day exhibition would kick start with the Asean Defense Minister's meeting which would be held back to back on March 15 and 16 at Langkawi International Convention Centre.

Besides attractive programmes lined up during the event, including Air Chief Conference, Chief of Navy Round Table Talk, Maritime demonstration and tourism carnival, he said that there would be new programmes such as Multi-Nation Maritime Sea Exercise and Multi-Nation Counter Terrorism Exercise.

"We are expecting a significant hike of commercial and public visitors throughout the event where the first three days would only be opened to commercial visitors and invited guests.

"Air show will be carried out daily between 12.30pm and 2.30pm from March 17 until 19 and between 10am and 4.30pm on the following days," he said.

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