Presented by Comexposium Singapore, the seventh edition of Asia-Pacific’s largest homeland security exhibition and conference, Milipol Asia-Pacific 2017, was recently held in Singapore at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre from 4th – 6th April, 2017.
Ensuring public safety
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Mr. K. Shanmugam, and His Excellency Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore graced and officiated the three-day homeland security event on 4th April, 2017.
During his opening ceremony speech, Guest-of-Honour, Minister of Home Affairs and Law, Mr. K. Shanmugam expanded on the crucial need for collaborative public safety in the face of the evolving threat of terrorism. “Anything can be used as a weapon in this age, and thus security agencies need to have a fundamental change in the way they think and operate in order to stay ahead of the terrorists." Mr. Shanmugam also highlighted the terrorist threat posed by returning ISIS fighters in Southeast Asia.
Boosting homeland security
The exhibition and conference created a real buzz for the international homeland security industry, with a total of over 8,000 participants in attendance over the three days, including security experts, key VIP delegates, conference attendees, trade professionals and international exhibitors from across the globe.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Pierre De Bousquet, President of the Milipol events said, “The Milipol exhibitions are designed as a platform to serve the security committees. More specifically, it provides opportunities for government and security officials to meet, interact, and share their experiences in order to develop relations in the mission of making the country a safe and secure environment.”
"We are honoured to have so many homeland security experts taking time to be at our event"
Supported by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore and the Ministry of the Interior of France, this year’s exhibition is the largest of the series so far with 270 participating exhibitors from 36 countries displaying the latest solutions, technologies, and innovations for regional homeland security. Drone technologies were a highlight of the exhibition, with key exhibitors such as THALES and Rafael highlighting their latest surveillance technologies.
In addition, a world class line-up of 30 speakers took to the stage, giving presentations on the three crucial areas pertaining to national security, specifically, ‘Threats and Responses’, ‘Protection and Emergency Management’ and ‘Innovation in Tactics and Equipment’. The Milipol Asia-Pacific 2017 Conference was honoured to have Mr. Khoo Boon Hui as its 2017 Conference Chairman.
Mr. Andrew Marriott, Managing Director of Comexposium Singapore said, “We are honoured to have so many homeland security experts taking time to be at our event. With the success at this year’s show, we are already looking forward to the next edition, which we expect to be even bigger, especially with the ever-increasing range of threats in regional landscape.”