Defence IQ's 8th annual CABSEC and SAMSEC, hosted by the Colombia Navy in Cartagena de Indias, has been postponed until 3 - 5 November 2020.

This established forum meets annually and brings together the region's defence and security leadership to discuss strategy, cooperation, requirements and challenges and has helped advance the security dialogue in the region through the forum's objectives to;

  • Promote regional and hemispheric security cooperation through expanding networks
  • Help to build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security capacity in Central and South America and the Caribbean

The theme for 2020 is Increasing the Impact of International Cooperation on Transnational Crime. The Colombian Navy will host our international delegations to take part in discussions, debates and networking including bi-lateral meetings in order to enhance cooperation and establish meaningful consensus on shared challenges. We will also give attendees the unique opportunity to to experience the rich Naval tradition of Cartagena and visit some of the facilities around the bay area. Participants will visit the International Centre Against Drug Trafficking (CIMCON) and the International Coast Guard School within the Naval School (ENAP), COTECMAR and the Colombian Naval Base in Cartagena.

Industry is welcome to join the forum and raise awareness of the technical solutions available to the many challenges across the region.

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Video highlights from CABSEC & SAMSEC 18

Key topics discussed at CABSEC & SAMSEC 2020 include:


Combating transnational organised criminal networks


Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief cooperation and communication


Ensuring the security of the maritime domain and blue economy


Facilitating regional and hemispheric security cooperation


Sharing lessons relating to the interdiction of illicit through the region


National and collective approaches to security challenges


Enhancing regional training, capacity building and security cooperation


Sharing lessons in procurement and modernization

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