Armscor sustainability unit aims to build business


Rakhee Ramgolam who heads up Armscor’s new sustainability unit as the defence and security agency’s turnaround project executive sees government to government business and a focus on developing a larger local client base as two key priorities.

Unlike other commercial businesses, Armscor has to adopt a tiered approach to business, she writes in the Armscor newsletter.
“Most strategic engagements are at government to government level with the forum typically between the defence committees of two countries or through meetings with foreign defence delegations. The aim is always to build closer ties between countries’ defence sectors and to use defence as an economic catalyst. Our focus is on African countries and BRICS. During these engagements we showcase our services, including acquisition, quality assurance and collaboration in areas such as research and development.
“Successful government to government engagements have already been secured with a number of African countries.”

She adds Armscor is also focused on developing new local clients and is promoting its services to the security cluster, as the services have synergy in the security environment.

The new ventures are expansionary efforts but the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) remains “a key focus” for Armscor.
“They are our primary client and generating the necessary funding to implement the Defence Review is a critical imperative for Armscor. To this end we are also determined to sweat our assets and discussions are in progress with the relevant government departments to ensure this initiative goes ahead and the funds generated assist implementation of the Review.”