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Buyers at DSEI 2019

Last updated 1 April 2021

While there is little or no information available on the vast majority of the tens of thousands of arms traders at DSEI 2019, the countries that receive an official invitation from the UK government and the national pavilions provide a sense of those present.

Delegations invited by the UK government

67 countries plus NATO received official invitations to DSEI 2019 from the UK government’s arms sales unit:

Algeria Hong Kong Philippines
Angola Hungary Poland
Australia India Portugal
Austria Indonesia Qatar
Bahrain Israel Romania
Bangladesh Italy Saudi Arabia
Belgium Japan Singapore
Botswana Jordan Slovakia
Brazil Kazakhstan South Africa
Brunei Kenya South Korea
Bulgaria Kuwait Spain
Canada Latvia Sweden
Chile Lithuania Switzerland
Colombia Malaysia Taiwan
Czech Republic Mexico Thailand
Denmark Morocco Tunisia
Egypt Netherlands Turkey
Estonia New Zealand United Arab Emirates
Finland Nigeria Ukraine
France Norway USA
Germany Oman Uzbekistan
Greece Pakistan Vietnam


As well as government-invited delegations, event organisers Clarion have their own VIP invitation list.


National pavilions featuring groups of companies from individual countries are a key feature of DSEI. According to DSEI, The countries that mount pavilions send high powered delegations to the show, which benefits everyone (ADS, 1.7.2013). There were 40 national pavilions at DSEI 2017:

world map noting countries with national pavilions at DSEI in 2017 (most of Europe, Northern America and Australia coloured in)

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