A major international defense expo, ASDA 2019, opened in the Spaladium Arena in Split on Wednesday.
The Adriatic Sea Defense & Aerospace Conference features 185 exhibitors from 26 countries. Speaking at the opening of the event, Defence Minister Damir Krstičević said fifth edition of ASDA was the largest yet in terms of the number of exhibitors, participating countries, and delegations.
"ASDA has established itself as a first-rate business event - a meeting place offering new products and technologies," Krstičević said, adding that the exhibition was an opportunity to develop and promote cooperation with partner countries and companies.
He underscored that Croatia has been a NATO member for ten years and membership has considerably increased the country’s security.
"The world is changing fast, new centers of military and political power are developing which, while aggressively promoting their own interests, could affect us and our way of life. That's why we must not let down our guard but must engage our full potential, unleash innovations and develop new solutions to stay ahead of those who are developing potential to threaten us," Krstičević said.
He said ASDA was an excellent opportunity for the further international promotion of Croatian arms and military equipment manufacturers.
The exhibition is taking place under the patronage of the government, and has been organized by the American company TNT Productions Inc., which specializes in organizing such shows. Its CEO, Justin Webb, said in his address that this year's ASDA was the biggest yet, attracting delegations from 34 countries of Southeastern Europe, Western Europe, Eurasia, North Africa, the Middle East and the United States.
After the opening ceremony, Krstičević, Webb and US Ambassador Robert Kohorst signed a protocol agreeing that ASDA would continue to be held in Split in the future.
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