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.

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 Osondu

Advisor to the CNS and former Chief of Naval Transformation
Nigerian Navy

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 Akwa

Chief of Defence Staff
Ghana Armed Forces

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 Representative

Chief of Naval Staff Office
Egyptian Navy

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 Africa

Captain 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 Yusuf

Head 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
  • 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 Nasir

Chief N5/N7 Maritime Planning Cell
East African Standby Force


Dr. Abdillahi Omar Bouh

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 trade

Mabo 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 Olugbenga

Director 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 Guinea

Vice 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 Konaté

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 capacity

Rear 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. Medani

Advisor to the CNS and former Chief of Operations
Nigerian Navy

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.