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EXHIBITIONS AND CONFERENCES

Apr 07. DSEi 2007, Defence Systems & Equipment International. 11-14 September 2007 – ExCeL – London. DSEi meets the needs of the international defence industry by providing face-to-face networking opportunities to share ideas, discuss industry developments, conduct business and network for future growth. It’s the world’s largest fully integrated defence exhibition bringing together senior international visitors and military influencers in an optimal business environment. DSEi 2007 will be the biggest show to date and boasts more networking opportunities across the supply chain than ever before; the show is already expected to be 25% bigger than in 2005. Run by Reed Exhibition’s Aerospace & Defence Group, DSEi takes place at ExCeL, whose harbour location enables warships to be part of the showcase, while a huge diversity of land, sea and air defence products, technologies and services is on display in the exhibition halls. In 2005 eight warships from six countries participated in the show – a unique opportunity for visitors to see onboard systems and technologies in action. Invitations have already been extended to a range of countries to invite them to send warships to participate in DSEi 2007. International delegations and high ranking visitors. DSEi works closely with the UK MoD to attract and organise top quality foreign delegations and high ranking senior visitors, offering a bidding system to ensure unbiased stand visits. At the last DSEi 86 delegations from 53 countries were hosted by UK MoD. Over the four days of the show 25,000 international visitors attended – 85% of them rated DSEi useful to network and attract new business contacts. Exhibitors from every part of the supply chain. There were 1,200 exhibiting companies from 36 countries at the last DSEi covering everything from international primes and second tier suppliers to systems integrators and service providers. Some exhibitors were part of the 21 national pavilions that had been organised. There was also a significant number of SMEs exhibiting for the first time; 2007 will again see a dedicated First Time Exhibitors area to support the vital role of SMEs in the defence and aerospace supply chain. This will be complemented by a series of Supply Chain Workshops, aimed at second tier suppliers, subcontractors and companies new to the market.

04 Apr 07. Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and Old Dominion University (ODU) will hold the 2007 ACT/ODU Symposium, “Democracies in Partnership: 400 Years of Transatlantic Engagement,” April 18-19. The Democracies in Partnership Conference is the sixth event in the International Conference Series on the Foundations and Future of Democracy, sponsored by the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission. U.S. Air Force Gen. Lance L. Smith, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Old Dominion University, will co-host the symposium. This key academic event brings together senior leaders in the political, military, academic and business worlds. Several of the speakers are leading experts in their fields in the English-speaking world. They will address the past, present, and future of the Transatlantic relationship. The Symposium is a major event in this year’s Norfolk Azalea festival, an annual salute to the enduring relationship between Hampton Roads and NATO, and a highlight of the International Conference Series, sponsored by the Jamestown 400th Federal Commission, which explores how the principles of democracy have evolved since the settlement of Jamestown 400 years ago.

Apr 07. Pakistan: Strategic Challenges and Prospects. 17th April 2007. RUSI, 61 Whitehall. This event is open to all and is priced at £30 for non-members, £20 for members and public sector. This price includes lunch and drinks. President Pervez Musharraf has stressed that the root causes of global terrorism have to be tackled in a holistic manner, with a combination of soft and hard power. He has also argued that Pak

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