LANGKAWI, Feb 5 (Bernama) — Ninety-four per cent of the total exhibition space at the 2015 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’15) have already been sold, which surpassed its 2013’s 85 per cent record.
Defence Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi said the number of participating companies had also increased to 502, as compared to 433 in 2013.
“We also see an increase in the participating nations from 31 countries in 2013 to 36 countries this year,” he told reporters after visiting the exhibition site here Thursday.
He said Japan had expressed willingness to participate in the exhibition, which made LIMA’15 as the first Asean exhibition participated by the country after Japan relaxed its long-held restrictions on arms exports.
“China has shown a significant increase in exhibition space, where they had booked 219 square metres, compared to 60 square metres during LIMA’13,” he said.
Abdul Rahim said in line with Malaysia’s role as chairman of Asean this year, LIMA 2015 would focus on the Asean community’s involvement, which would be preceded by Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) on March 15 and 16 at Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC).
He said several new activities would be added at the exhibition including Multi-Nation Counter Terrorism Exercise, Multi Nation Maritime Sea Exercise, Asean Aviation Summit, Asean Business Forum, Asean Youth Assembly and Fleet Review.
The five-day exhibition, which will start on March 17, will be opened only to invited guests and visitors on the first three days before it opens to the public on March 20 and 21.