Defence - Introduction


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 cooperation.


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).


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