The Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2020 Exhibition and the NATSEC Asia 2020 exhibition, both held jointly at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been rescheduled from its 20 to 23 April 2020 date to a new date of 24 to 27 August 2020 at the same location owing to the COVID-19 virus.
Second Defence Show affected by COVID-19
The 5 March announcement makes DSA 2020 the second major defence show affected by the spread of the virus, the first being the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2020 which was to be held from March 16 to March 18 whose cancellation was announced on 3 March.
The organisers of DSA 2020 and NATSEC 2020, in consultation with the Malaysian Ministry of Defence and Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs, who are hosting, supporting and co-organising the show, have decided to postpone the show to a later date rather than cancelling outright.
Chairman of DSA 2020
Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, chairman of DSA Exhibition & Conference Sdn Bhd, organiser of the two major events stated in a press release on the postponement, “With the expected 1,500 participating companies from over 60 countries, some 350 VIP delegations from 30 countries and the expected 50,000 visitors from all corners of the world, it was only prudent to look at a revised date. We wanted to ensure a conducive and productive business environment for our stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors when the events get underway”.
He added: “ We extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathies to all those who have been affected and hope that the rescheduled dates will ensure DSA 2020 and NATSEC Asia 2020 continue to serve as an integral platform to encourage foreign technology exchange and partnerships, as well as enhance cooperation to strengthen national defence and security”.
Three of the major countries exhibitors in DSA 2020, China, the Republic of Korea and Italy have been badly affected by the virus while Malaysia itself has currently registered 50 confirmed cases.