Black Sea Defense and Aerospace – BSDA 2018 Exhibition opens its gates. US Ambassador Klemm: BSDA is Romania’s solely exhibition certified by US Department of Commerce

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Ambassador of the US to Romania Hans Klemm delivered a message on Wednesday at the opening of the BLACK SEA DEFENCE & AEROSPACE 2018 (BSDA 2018), mentioning that is  the only international exhibition certified by the US Department of Commerce, an aspect which shows the quality of the attendees and participating companies.

The Ambassador, who participated in the official opening of the 7th edition of the international exhibition of aerospace, defence, national security and private security – BSDA 2018, taking place at Romexpo Complex in Bucharest, stated that it is the only international exhibition in Romania which is certified by the Department of Commerce of the US, thus acknowledging the quality of the attendees and present companies, but also the enthusiasm brought by the participants to this exhibition and conference.

Furthermore, the US ambassador also mentioned that more than 50 US companies are attending the BSDA 2018.

He asked those present to use this opportunity to learn about the products, services and capabilities that the US companies are offering.

Numerous Romanian and foreign officials participated in the opening ceremony of the BSDA 2018, including National Defence Minister Mihai Fifor and State Counselor of the Presidential Administration Constantin Ionescu.

After the official opening of the BSDA 2018, US Ambassador Klemm and Defence Minister Fifor toured the exhibition stands and talked with representatives of the participating companies. Furthermore, the two officials witnessed demonstration flights and counter-terrorism drills that were conducted on the plateau of the Romexpo Complex.

The BSDA 2018, which takes place between 16-18 May, brings together over 270 exhibitors from 25 countries, prestigious companies from the country and abroad, to showcase the latest developments in military equipment and capabilities, as well as the latest trends and technical solutions obtained in the scientific research in the field of security and defence, according to the National Defence Ministry (MApN) release.

 

President Iohannis encourages association of foreign manufacturers, Romanian defense companies

 

In a message to the official opening on Wednesday of the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace – BSDA 2018 exhibition and conference, Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis underlined that he supports and encourages the association of foreign manufacturers with Romanian defense companies.

“Romania is open to foreign manufacturers, and at the same time it attaches importance to the development of the national defense industry and the Romanian aeronautical industry. Let us not forget that Romania is one of the pioneers of world aeronautics. I support and encourage the association of foreign manufacturers with Romanian defense companies in order to carry out projects in the spirit promoted by PESCO – Permanent Structured Co-operation,” Iohannis said in his message delivered by Constantin Ionescu, state adviser at the National Security Department, director of the Integrated Intelligence Office with the Presidential Administration.

The head of state said he is pleased that BSDA has become “a landmark in the calendar of events”. “It is significant its organisation in Romania, given the strategic objectives of the country,” said Iohannis.

According to Iohannis, Romania is a stable and predictable regional security provider.

“Amidst an international environment marked by unpredictability and the complexity of risks and threats, Romania remains committed to strengthening its strategic partnership with the United States, as well as its profile within NATO and the European Union. Romania thus asserts itself as a stable and predictable regional security provider. The timing of this exhibition is all the more timely as there is a high general interest in acquisitions for the Romanian land, air and naval armed forces and their modernisation. The increase in the number of exhibitors as well as of official visitors and professionals in this year’s edition, compared with previous editions, are the best proof of the significance and success of this move,” said Iohannis.

He added that he recently visited the Aerostar Aerospace Company in Bacau.

“It is one of the leading companies in Romania in the field of production and maintenance in the military and civil aviation area. I am really impressed by the way the company has evolved in recent years, by the fact that it has become a leader not only in Romanian, but also in the region, and in several areas as well. Aerostar represents a competitive advantage for the revival of the Romanian industry and I believe that these assets must be further supported at official levels,” said Iohannis.

According to the President, Romania has a “solid basis” in terms of cybersecurity.

“It is no coincidence that NATO has taken the decision that Romania should be involved in ensuring Ukraine’s cybersecurity. Indeed, the Information Technology and Communication sector has witnessed spectacular growth in recent years and contributed significantly to Romania’s Gross Domestic Product,” Iohannis explained.