The 2016 Global Industrial Cooperation Conference (GICC) was held in Toledo, Spain on 22-25 May 2016. This Spring Conference congregated more than 300 Industrial Partnership leaders, both government and industry players from over 30 countries. Among the countries that participated in the GICC 2016 were Australia, Colombia, Finland, India, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, UAE, UK and USA.
Toledo is 60 km from Madrid and is perfectly connected to the Spanish capital and the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport. A magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site, Toledo was the first capital of Spain after the fall of Roman Empire and is renowned worldwide for the oldest sword making industry dating back to 500 BC.
The GICC provides a forum where Industrial Partnership leaders can meet and listen to speakers from a variety of international trade, investment and finance issues. The conference’s major objective is to educate and network in order to help the participants create and facilitate trade and investment flow into countries that may require civil and/or defence Industrial Partnership/Offset.
Malaysia was represented by 7 participants from Ministry of Finance, TDA and Ministry of Defence. The delegates were led by Major (R) Zailani Safari, the CEO of Technology Depository Agency. Major Zailani was one of the speakers at the Conference presenting on the topic Industrial Collaboration Program (ICP) in Malaysia: Activities, Opportunities and Vision for the Future. Apart from imparting ICP key elements and activities in Malaysia, a video-testimony from an OEM that participated in the ICP program was screened exemplifying a success story of ICP in Malaysia.
Prior to delivering his presentation on the topic, Major Zailani announced that GOCA 2017 Asia Pacific Conference will be hosted in Malaysia on 26-29 March 2017; which will be taken place subsequent to LIMA 2017.