KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — The Defence Ministry is in the process of finalising the National Defence and Security Industry Policy (DIPKN) draft, said Deputy Defence Minister Adly Zahari.
He said that it was done based on the current development of the industry, to ensure that the content of DIPKN remains relevant in the period of its implementation and is capable of bringing a large impact to stakeholders, especially players in the defence industry.
“DIPKN is a follow-up initiative to the Defence White Paper. The Defence Ministry is always committed to ensuring that all initiatives of this White Paper are implemented as well as possible, according to plan,” he said in his reply to a question from Lumut MP Commander (Rtd) Nordin Ahmad Ismail regarding the latest status of the implementation of DIPKN, during the question and answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Apart from that, Adly said that the launch of the New Industrial Master Plan 2030 (NIMP 2030) by the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (Miti), as well as the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), has brought a new scenario to the national defence industry development process.
“The objectives of the defence and security industry are not limited to supporting the national defence and security capability, but the sector needs to be sensitive to the latest developments in the commercial sector, such as progress in green technology and emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, as well as artificial intelligence (AI).
He said that these elements should be best integrated by the defence and security industry, to become a new sector which can support the country’s economic growth.