At the Defense Industry Forum, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba highlighted how Ukraine's victory is benefiting Western weapons manufacturers, making their products globally competitive.
During the Defense Industry Forum, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba highlighted the significant advantages gained by Western weapons manufacturers thanks to Ukraine. He emphasized that following Ukraine's victory, two key developments would occur.
Firstly, the Ukrainian defense industry would become fully integrated into NATO, akin to Ukraine itself. Secondly, weaponry produced by Ukrainian and foreign firms would become globally competitive.
Kuleba also pointed out that prior to the outbreak of full-scale conflict, Africa had been a primary market for Ukrainian arms producers. He expressed optimism about the resurgence of Ukrainian companies in this arms sales market.
Additionally, he noted a growing interest in Africa regarding the establishment of production facilities for Ukrainian weapons and ammunition on the continent. African partners recognized the high quality of Ukrainian weaponry, fostering strong demand. Kuleba expected Africa to reclaim its status as a major market for Ukrainian arms producers and their Western counterparts.
The Defense Industry Forum was initially announced by President Volodymyr Zelensky on August 23, with the aim of showcasing Ukraine's manufacturing capabilities and attracting defense companies as partners.
During his address at the forum on September 16, President Zelensky stressed the clear objective of providing Ukraine with the means to manufacture weapons and ammunition, implement modern technologies, and ensure robust protection against various forms of aggression. Additionally, he highlighted the importance of sharing Ukrainian defense experience with allies and partners.