Event Overview

With over 30,000 kms of coastline, Africa has several key and strategic geographic locations that are considered as emerging trade hubs, which play a vital role in the continent’s socio-economic prosperity and the growth of global commerce.

However, maritime insecurity presents a critical challenge to the continent, hindering it from unlocking its maritime potential. Crimes, including piracy, kidnapping, armed robbery, and oil bunkering are increasing and pose serious threats to the seafarers. According to the International Maritime Bureau, 90% of the world’s maritime piracy crimes take place in the Gulf of Guinea alone.

This increase in maritime illegal activity, has urged the local and regional authorities to work collaboratively on adopting maritime domain awareness and counterpiracy, and illegal activity monitoring and prevention strategies and solutions that can enable them to safeguard security and safety of seafarers, including oil companies and fishing and shipping lines passing or operating on the continent’s waters.

Secure Waters Africa Digital Conference will bring together senior officials from key African countries’ Navy and Marine Corps, Coast Guards and Law Enforcement Authorities. This platform aims at identifying and discussing innovative strategies and solutions, such as C4ISR, drones, and surveillance systems, that will help African military and law enforcement agencies prevent and counter maritime threats and illegal activities and increase the continent’s territorial and international waters security.


Event in Numbers


10+

Chiefs of Naval Staff and Fisheries Heads

150+

Attendees

20+

Speakers

6

Panel Discussions

6

Innovation Showcases

2

Digi-Conference Days


Meet the Speakers



Rear Admiral Seth Amoama
Chief of Navy Staff,
Ghana Navy


Rear Admiral Koi Alexis Maomou
Chief of Staff,
Guinea Navy


Rear Admiral N'guessan Celestin
Chief of Naval Staff,
Ivory Coast Navy


Commodore Godwin Bessing
Chief Staff Officer,
Ghana Navy



Arthur Dadzie
Executive Director, Fisheries Commission,
Ghana


Emmanuel Isaac Bell Bell
Head of Division, International Criminal Court,
Yaounde - ICC


Emile Essema
Executive Secretary, Gulf of Guinea Regional Fisheries Commission


Dr. Freedom C. Onuoha
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science,
University of Nigeria



Gaston Djihinto
Director of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries - MAEP,
Benin


Daniel Owusu
Executive Coordinator,
National Fisheries Association of Ghana –NAFAG


Dr Joseph Yepka
Deputy Director,
Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, Cameroon


David Brown
Managing Director,
Sat-Com PTY LTD
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Barak Lafer
Marketing Director for Africa,
Israel Shipyards


Graham Walker
Marketing Executive Naval and Maritime Systems,
Country Unit Sub-Sahara Africa, MA Middle East & Africa, SAAB


Dr. Alberta Sagoe
Executive Director of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute


Captain Ibrahima Sow
Chief of Naval Operations,
Senegal Navy

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Agenda


Time
Activity
11:00 – 11:15 Welcome and opening remarks
11:15 – 12:15 Opening Panel Discussion: Overview of Africa maritime security – A look at the existing and potential risks
  • Analysing current and future threats facing the African maritime security
  • Gulf of Guinea – tackling the rise of piracy and armed robberies
  • Addressing maritime insecurity and impact on the region (economic and social growth impact)
Panelists:
  • Rear Admiral N'guessan Celestin, Chief of Naval Staff, Ivory Coast Navy
  • Captain Albert Ezin Badou, Chief of Naval Staff, Benin Navy
  • David Brown, Managing Director, Sat-Com PTY LTD
  • Emmanuel Isaac Bell Bell, Head of Division, International Criminal Court, Yaounde - ICC
12:15 – 12:30 Keynote Speech
  • Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Navy Staff, Ghana Navy
12:30 – 12:35 Video – by Milkor
12:35 – 12:45 Innovation and technology review panel
  • Industry insight 1 - Barak Lafer, Marketing Director for Africa, Israel Shipyards
12:45 – 12:50 Video – by Luerssen
12:50 – 13:45 Panel Discussion: Identifying efficient strategies and innovative technologies to strengthen Africa’s maritime domain awareness and security
  • Exploring innovative strategies to counter and prevent maritime crimes and ensure water security
  • Collaboration of key national and regional entities to enhance maritime investigation and prosecution operations
  • Identifying latest and effective technologies to increase Africa’s maritime awareness and improve security
Panelists:
  • Rear Admiral Koi Alexis Maomou, Chief of Staff, Guinea Navy
  • Chief of Naval Operations, Senegal Navy
  • Emile Essema, Executive Secretary, Gulf of Guinea Regional Fisheries Commission - FRENCH Speaking
  • Graham Walker, Marketing Executive Naval and Maritime Systems, Country Unit Sub-Sahara Africa, MA Middle East & Africa, SAAB
13:45 – 13:46 Video presented by Controp
13:45 – 14:15 Q&A and Wrap Up Summary
Time
Activity
11:00 – 11:15 Welcome and opening remarks
11:15 – 12:00 Opening Panel Discussion: Analysing the emerging piracy threats on fishing vessels in African waters
  • Looking at the change in the maritime criminal activity in Africa and the shift towards attacking fishing vessels
  • Exploring the types of pirate attacks threatening the fishing vessels on African waters
Panelists:
  • Daniel Owusu, Executive Coordinator, National Fisheries Association of Ghana – NAFAG
  • Gaston Djihinto, Director of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (MAEP), Benin - FRENCH Speaking
  • Dr. Freedom C. Onuoha, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
12:00 – 12:20 Video – SAAB
12:02 – 12:20 Keynote Speech
  • Michael Arthur-Dadzie, Executive Director, Ghana Fisheries Commission
12:20 – 12:22 Video – Presented by Milkor
12:22 – 13:15 Panel Discussion: Deploying effective strategies and solutions to prevent and fight fishing vessel piracy
  • Developing and executing an effective piracy response strategy
  • Utilising advanced anti-piracy technologies to protect vessels from attacks and ensure their security
  • Exploring the legal and regulatory challenges and how to overcome them
Panellists:
  • Michael Arthur-Dadzie, Executive Director, Ghana Fisheries Commission
  • Dr Joseph Yepka, Deputy Director, Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, Cameroon
  • Emmanuel Isaac Bell Bell, Head of Division, International Criminal Court, Yaounde - ICC
13:15 – 13:30 Q&A and Wrap Up Summary Session
13:30 – 13:45 Closing remarks
  • Commodore Godwin Bessing, Chief Staff Officer, Ghana Navy

Who Will Attend


Senior Officials & Executives from:



Navy and Marine Corps


Coast Guards


Ministries and Commissions of Fisheries


Port Authorities


 

Shipping Companies


Fishing Companies


Oil Companies

 

Countries that will attend


Angola

Benin

Burundi

Cameroon

Cape Verde

China

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

France

Gabon

Ghana

Guinea Bissau

Ivory Coast

Kenya

Libya

Madagascar

United Kingdom

Mauritania

Mauritius

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Nigeria

Republic of Congo

Ruwanda

Senegal

United States of America

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

South Africa

South Sudan

Sudan

Tanzania

The Gambia

Togo

Tunisia


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