Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Association of Indonesian National Private Defense Industries (Pinhantanas) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the defense industry sector with the Defense and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic (DSIA) on Thursday.

The signing of the MoU was carried out by the chairperson of Pinhantanas, Evi Lusviana, and deputy director of DSIA, Kristyna Helm, and witnessed by the executive chairman of Pinhantanas, Jan Pieter Ate; the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Indonesia, Jaroslav Dolecek; deputy minister of defense of the Czech Republic, Daniel Blazkovez; and a representative from the Indonesian Ministry of Defense.

"The two countries (Indonesia and the Czech Republic) have maintained to implement cooperation in various sectors: politics, economy, and trade as well as people-to-people contact. Cooperation in the defense sector is also a fact that is well growing, among others, through the transfer of defense technology," Lusviana said at the MoU signing at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) Kemayoran here on Thursday.

The MoU was signed during the 2022 Indo Defence Expo & Forum, which is being hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense from November 2–5, 2022, at JIExpo Kemayoran.

According to Lusviana, several types of defense equipment made in the Czech Republic have been used by the Indonesian Military (TNI) for a long time.

The signing of the MoU will serve as an "umbrella" for future cooperation between the defense industries of the two countries, she said.

Meanwhile, DSIA Deputy Director Kristyna Helm remarked that the signing of the MoU is a great beginning of a new chapter in the relationship between Indonesia and the Czech Republic.

She said that she believes the signing of the MoU between Pinhantanas and DSIA will bring further action.

During Thursday's event, Ambassador Dolecek expressed the hope that after the signing of the MoU, there would be an implementation of cooperation.

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