Deputy Minister of Defence Fezile Bhengu has left on an official weeklong visit to the Republic of Indonesia, where he will attend the INDO Defence and Aerospace 2008 Expo and Forum.
His office says the visit will seek to consolidate the friendly and mutually beneficial ties between the two countries.
“The Governments of South Africa and Indonesia share the long-standing and cordial relations, which are based on solid agreements such as the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of defence,” spokesman Themba Gadebe says.
The agreement includes the exchange of information on defence policies, exchange of officers for training and mutual visits.
The two countries have further agreed to exchange scientific and technological data, experts, technicians, trainers, as well as other forms of technical cooperation based on the principle of reciprocity and mutual consent.
The MoU also covers the promotion of cooperation between the defence industry institutions. In this regard, the Deputy Minister`s visit will add impetus to the promotion of cooperation between the South African and Indonesian defence industries.
SA industry is expected to share its knowledge and best practices with the Indonesian counterpart.