Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 26 June 2019
8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration, refreshments and networking
8:50 am - 9:00 am Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks
SPONSORED CNS Executive Country Briefings: Future Maritime Capabilities
African countries are posed to increase their naval capabilities, but the new equipment purchases are in very small quantities and need to be matched by further acquisitions that complement those already made and provide a degree of redundancy. A coherent force package that is able to deal with current threats, as well as those that are likely to emerge in the next 10 years, is a challenge for any navy and requires considerable thought and experimentation.
9:00 am - 9:30 am NigeriaRear Admiral Raphael Osondu - Advisor to the CNS and former Chief of Naval Transformation, Nigerian Navy
An analysis regarding Nigeria’s measures and capacity to ensure a safe maritime operating environment in the Gulf of Guinea. Highlighting recent steps the government has taken to enhance Nigeria’s security capabilities, and examining the importance of a holistic approach in tackling the root causes of maritime insecurity.
Rear Admiral Raphael OsonduAdvisor to the CNS and former Chief of Naval Transformation
9:30 am - 10:00 am GhanaLieutenant General Obed Akwa - Chief of Defence Staff, Ghana Armed Forces
The Ghana Navy is set to receive a major boost to its surface fleet and its maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities. Having ambitious expansion plans for its patrol assets with an emphasis on developing local shipbuilding capabilities main focus is two enhance security levels in the Gulf of Guinea.
Lieutenant General Obed AkwaChief of Defence Staff
Ghana Armed Forces
10:00 am - 10:30 am EgyptSenior Representative - Chief of Naval Staff Office, Egyptian Navy
Egypt has one of the biggest navies in the Middle East, and the arms deals of the last years will help Egypt to upgrade and modernise its navy. The increasing deployment of naval assets in the Red Sea is a reflection of the strategic importance of this are for Egypt. The country lastly, is shaping its requirements for the procurement of two additional warships for transport of troops and heavy vehicles.
Senior RepresentativeChief of Naval Staff Office
Lessons learnt from East Africa Operations
The maritime domain of the East African Community (EAC) is affected by a number of threats, including piracy, armed robbery against ships and illegal fishing. Its fight against all those threats is increasingly successful during the last years with incidents at an all time low in 2018. Even though maritime security is dealt with in an ad-hoc, case-by-case manner in EAC, mainly by individual States there are still lessons to be shared from successful operations and tactics.
10:30 am - 10:50 am Special session Horn of Africa: Best practice from fighting against piracy at the Horn of AfricaCaptain Mohamed Yusuf - Head of Maritime Operation Centre Berbera Port, Somaliland Coast Guard
- The importance of fighting piracy networks on land
- Locating and destroying pirates’ bases of operation
- International naval missions to fend off pirates along busy sea lines
Captain Mohamed YusufHead of Maritime Operation Centre Berbera Port
Somaliland Coast Guard
10:50 am - 11:10 am High-performing naval weapon systems for multi-mission capability
- Complete range of combat system solutions adapted for every type of naval platform
- Mountable machine guns, grenade launchers and smaller calibre machine guns
- Non-lethal solutions for maritime operations
11:10 am - 11:20 am East Africa’s current and future maritime security environmentLieutenant Colonel Ali Tibeag Nasir - Chief N5/N7 Maritime Planning Cell, East African Standby Force
Dr. Abdillahi Omar Bouh - Director, East African Standby Force
- Developing regional maritime security strategies as an holistic approach for Africa’s security
- States streamlining their security agendas to mitigate maritime challenges
- Building a common maritime awareness system for the timely detection of threats
Lieutenant Colonel Ali Tibeag NasirChief N5/N7 Maritime Planning Cell
East African Standby Force
Dr. Abdillahi Omar BouhDirector
East African Standby Force
Putting an end to narcotics networks
Drug-related deaths account for approximately 1 in 150 Africans between the ages of 15 and 64. According to United Nations estimates, at least fifty tons of cocaine move through Africa annually, heading north to European cities where it is worth almost $2 billion on the streets. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimated that about 20 tons, 14% of Europe’s cocaine, worth $1 billion was transported through West Africa alone.
11:20 am - 11:50 am Intelligence sharing to fight a common war; An overview of narco-terrorism in Latin America and its reliance on West Africa to facilitate its global tradeMabo Olugbenga - Director of Operations and General Investigation, National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency
- Drug Trafficking Patterns to and from Eastern Africa
- Advanced border controls and transparency of customs checks for improved control
- The importance of cross border and regional cooperation for decreasing illegal trafficking
Mabo OlugbengaDirector of Operations and General Investigation
National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency
11:50 am - 12:20 pm Networking coffee break
Executive briefing maritime patrol and security
The Gulf of Guinea is a vast and diverse region stretching from Senegal to Angola, including approximately 6,000km of coastline. The Gulf of Guinea is an important geo-political choke point for shipping transporting oil extracted in the Niger delta, as well as goods to and from central and southern Africa. Piracy, armed robbery at sea, illegal fishing, smuggling and trafficking, pose a major threat to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and ultimately to the economic development of the entire region.
12:20 pm - 12:40 pm Tackling piracy and other maritime threats in the Gulf of GuineaVice Admiral Djakaridja Konaté - Commander, Ivory Coast Navy
- An analysis of the current operational environment
- Procurement plans to prevent security gaps
- Working with hey stakeholders from all regional nations to achieve maritime superiority
Vice Admiral Djakaridja KonatéCommander
Ivory Coast Navy
12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Offshore patrol vessels for economic exclusion zone management tasks such as maritime security, border control, routine patrols, and anti-smuggling
- Combat system to provide planning, tactical picture compilation, situational awareness, decision-making, and control of weapons from intuitive consoles in littoral operations
- Virtual technologies to integrate weapon, sensor, and management systems
- Rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) carrying capabilities
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Nigeria’s Coast Guard plans for increased operational capacityRear Admiral (ret'd) Obioma C. Medani - Advisor to the CNS and former Chief of Operations, Nigerian Navy
- Fast response crafts for neutralising oil smuggling threats
- Analysing the requirements generated from operating on a complex coastal/river environment
- Fighting large-scale bunkering and tapping with regular patrols and other types of surveillance
Rear Admiral (ret'd) Obioma C. MedaniAdvisor to the CNS and former Chief of Operations
1:20 pm - 1:30 pm Chairman’s closing remarks: National security threats, solutions and public private partnerships
1:30 pm - 1:30 pm Executive lunch for VIPS, networking lunch, 2019 event dates announced and close of conference
The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.