AAD exhibitors have to comply with South African arms and weapons legislation


The organisers of this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition have obtained the necessary approval from the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) for weapons and componentry and at the same time remind especially foreign exhibitors of the need for proper import and export documentation. Apart from NCACC regulations, which saw the abrupt cancellation of last year’s Maritime Security conference and exhibition in Cape Town, AAD exhibitors have also been asked to note obligations as regards weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons and firearms, ammunition, explosives, pyrotechnics and riot control. The last five items are regulated and controlled by the SA Police Service while the SA Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction concerns itself with nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and the regulation and control of the manufacture, trade, transfer and use of these as well as provision of services related to dual-use goods (civilian and military applications) and delivery systems for nuclear and chemical weapons. “Persons who participate in AAD 2016 must ensure they comply with the requirement of the relevant South African non-proliferation and arms control related legislation,” the organisers said. AAD this year will also have a new platform for exhibitors to interact with specifically selected audiences. “Engagement platforms” as part of the overall exhibition offering can be used to host mini-conferences, product launches or press briefings. The venues will be equipped with a screen and audio-visual system and can accommodate up to 50 people for session lasting up to an hour.

AAD 2016 will open for business on September 14 at AFB Waterkloof in Centurion and will this year be hosted by Armscor. Indications are the 2016 edition of the exhibition will attract around 450 exhibitors, including 14 national pavilions, from 30 countries.

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