JOINT WORKING GROUP (JWG) ON DEFENCE
IBSA trilateral defence cooperation was initiated with the meeting of Defence Ministers of South Africa, India and Brazil in Pretoria on 1st Feb 2004. The
Ministers gave a broad outline of the Plan of Action for future cooperation in defence sector, viz., promotion of maritime and air safety, cooperation in
defence production, trade and joint marketing, coordination among the defence research institutions, cooperation in training sector and regular annual
trilateral dialogue. A Joint Working Group (JWG) on Defence was set up to pursue this Plan of Action and facilitate further deepening of trilateral defence
Five meetings of JWG on Defence have been held so far -
07-08 March 2005, South Africa
13 October 2008, India
14-15 July 2009, Brazil
11-12 October 2011, South Africa
23-24 May 2013, India
Among the key initiatives in the field of defence cooperation, mention may be made of Joint Naval Exercises of IBSA countries (IBSAMAR). Three editions of
IBSAMAR have been held so far; the last was held in October 2012 off the coast of South Africa.
Other notable initiatives include – two sailing Regattas organized in South Africa (2005) and India (2007), a Map Exercise on UN Peace Keeping Operations
(14-18 September 2009), IBSA Table Top Exercise on UN Peacekeeping Operations (November 2013, New Delhi).