UK defence companies seeking partnerships in South Africa
United Kingdom defence and security companies are keen to do business in South Africa and are seeking local partnerships. This was the general consensus of the UK Trade and Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) Security Trade Mission to South Africa between 16 and 20 May. Nearly 20 UK companies took part in the trade mission at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria. The UKTI DSO helps UK-based defence, security and cyber companies succeed in the global economy by working with industry, the UK Government and overseas governments to ensure UK equipment, products and services meet overseas customers’ requirements. DSO uses serving military officers, former police and law enforcement officers and members of industry to support to UK industry and overseas customers. Richard Freeman, Senior Police and Security Advisor with the UKTI DSO, said the exhibition is focussed on security and aims to forge partnerships in this regard in South Africa. “The key message is we want to share our experience in combating terrorism,” he said, adding that national security in South Africa benefits the rest of the world as well – if South Africa’s borders are secure, other nations’ will be too. Freeman said the first day of the trade mission was good with government representatives visiting the event. On 19 May the UK companies were due to see Paramount and on 20 May had a chance to meet with local companies to discuss collaborations.