About us

History: from a Colombian exhibition to a regional hub of Latin America

First edition was held in 2009 at CORFERIAS exhibition center (Bogota) and organized by the Ministry of National Defense (GSED – Grupo Social y Empresarial de la Defensa) with the participation of armed and security forces.

Since 2015, Expodefensa is organized by CODALTEC, CORFERIAS and EUROSATORY and supported by MINDEFENSA.

The last edition was held in 2017 and after six editions, The MINDEFENSA – CORFERIAS – COGES Alliance makes EXPODEFENSA a successful trade fair with:

  • The leading Security and Defense Hub for Latin American & Caribbean Countries
  • An international business platform for worldwide manufacturers
  • A strong presence of Latin American and Colombian Official Delegations

Today Expodefensa is the international Security and Defense hub for all Latin America and Caribbean countries with a real influence.


The Ministry of National Defense of Colombia

The Ministry’s main objectives are the formulation and adoption of policies, general plans, programmes and projects for the National Defense. Its missions are to defend sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, as well as to maintain constitutional order and guarantee democratic governance, collective prosperity through the eradication of violence and the appropriate deterrence capabilities and use of force.


CODALTEC, the High Technology Corporation

The Colombian Ministry of Defense commissioned CODALTEC for the organization of the Expodefensa exhibition, with Corferias and COGES-Eurosatory.

CODALTEC main objective is the development, promotion and implementation of activities in science, technology and innovation, in order to strengthen technological scientific capabilities of the country’s Defense sector. It supports industrial developments at national level for both Defense Sector and domestic industry as a result of the dual use of applicable technological scientific capabilities.

Oficina Bogotá – Carrera 11 No. 94 A – 25 Of. 703
Sede Villavicencio Carrera 44 No. 15-99


The International Business and Exhibition Center of Bogota has more than 50 years of experience leading the fair activities in the region. The modern facilities in 151,460 m² (27 pavilions, 10 outdoor areas) offer complementary services such as a modern and systemized log of buyers and sellers, a food court, a parking lot with capacity for 2,700 vehicles, a large convention center with an auditorium and meeting halls, in addition to a modern multi-event hall, which is the only one of its kind in Colombia and Latin America.

Carrera 37 No 24 – 67 Bogotá – Colombia
Tel.: (571) 381 00 00 / 30

COGES – Eurosatory

COGES company, a GICAT’s subsidiary, was created in 1993 to organize Eurosatory, the premier Defense and Security exhibition worldwide. It federates the French industry in national pavilions in various Security & Defense exhibitions within the worldwide. It organizes the ShieldAfrica exhibition in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Eurosatory exhibition in Paris (France). Eurosatory joined Expodefensa organization in 2015.

65, rue de Courcelles – 75008 Paris – France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 14 58 10