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International Maritime Register Now Hosted by exhibition conference Kempinski Hotel ACCRA, GHANA
6 - 8 July 2021
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EVENT OVERVIEW

The 2nd International Maritime Defense Exhibitionand Conference (IMDEC) 6-8 July 2021 will feature the largest gathering of Africa’s maritime industry, as we host regional and international Chiefs of Naval Staff to address the principal issues facing maritime security onthe continent. This biennial gathering will feature a not able two-day conference and exhibition in which the gathered regional Armed Forces can deliberate the Increasingly volatile maritime threats facing Africa’s territorial waters.The 2nd edition of IMDEC will also welcome greater participation from regional Air Forces, as the Ghana Air Force will be an official event partner to highlight the significance of air-maritime cooperation.
In-depth panel discussions, breakout sessions and extensivesite visits to Ghana’s naval and air bases further highlight this celebration as the premier strategic gathering of Africa’s Navies, Air Forces, Coast Guards, Port and Coastal Authorities, Marine Police and related Ministries.

GHANA NAVY AND AIRFORCE INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THIS YEAR’S EVENT

VIPS

Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, Nigeria Navy

Captain Emmanuel, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Cameroon Navy

Rear Admiral Oumar Wade, Chief of Naval Staff, Senegalese Navy

Rear Admiral Jeffrey S. Spivey, Vice Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet/ Director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa

Rear Admiral Mike Utley, Commander UK Strike Force, Royal Navy

Rear Admiral Carlos Alfredo Mandungal Chief of Naval Staff, Guinea Bissau Navy

Rear Admiral Nguessan Kouame Chief of Naval Staff Ivory Coast Navy

Captain Loulla Mabicka Sosthene, Chief of Naval Staff, Gabon Navy

Captain Pedro Santana, Commander of the Coast Guard, Cape Verde

Captain Philip Juana, Commander, Sierra Leone Navy

Dr. Dieng Abdourahmane (Rtd Col), Head Regional Security Division, ECOWAS Commission

EVENT FEATURES

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Site Visits

These tours of Ghana’s Air and Naval bases will consist of in-depth walk throughs of the naval dockyard and air base as well as private vessel tours to further display the advanced capabilities of Ghana’s Naval and Air Force fleet. This is a key opportunity for solution providers to gain first-hand knowledge and share their product offerings.

Limited spaces available so secure your spot NOW. Register Here.

Gala Dinner

On July 6th we will host an exclusive dinner for only the VIP attendees of IMDEC. This will include the gathered chiefs of naval and air staff as well as prominent dignitaries from Ghana’s Armed Forces and Political Leadership.

Cocktail Reception

On July 7th after the first day of the conference, we will host a cocktail reception for all attendees of IMDEC in order to further facilitate networking amongst the event’s prominent stakeholders.

TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND

Premier gathering of Africa’s maritime stakeholders

Fostering regional interagency collaboration to stabilize maritime security and economic development.

Witness an executive gathering of 15+ Chiefs of Naval and Air staff addressing the regions key maritime requirements.

Providing a framework for facilitating joint-operations to boost naval capabilities and protecting regional waters.

Deepen strategic partnerships amongst International and Regional Navies to develop cooperative solutions.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

ORGANIZATIONS

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Navies

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Air Forces

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Coast Guards

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Maritime Police

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Ministries of Interior

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Ministries of Defense

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Drug and Law Enforcement Agencies

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Ministries of Fisheries and Aquaculture

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Maritime Authorities including Port and Coastal authorities

JOB TITLE

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Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)

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Chief of Air Staff

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Director of Naval/ Air Operations

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Director General or Managing Director

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Director of Policy and Plans

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Director of Naval Logistics

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Chief of Naval Safety and Standard

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Director of Armament Supplies

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Director, Fisheries Enforcement Unit

AGENDA

10:00 Official Opening Ceremony
National Anthem
Arrival of VIPs
Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana welcome remarks

Address by the Guest of Honour
Official Welcome Remarks
Ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP exhibition tour
11:00 Opening keynote speech: Maritime Security and Trade: The Nexus Between a Secured Maritime Domain and a Developed Blue Economy
Reserved: Rear Admiral Issah Yakubu, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy
Air-Maritime Cooperation: Strengthening interoperability
11:15 Innovative plans to curb piracy on the Gulf of Guinea

  • Identifying the efforts of each nation in eradicating piracy and evolving threats
  • Incorporating the intelligence, expertise, and domain awareness of regional forces to better protect both maritime and land
  • Creating an effective road map for the coordination of multi- nation operations to overcome piracy
12:00 Assimilation of innovative techniques to adapt to future challenges
ISL will showcase its groundbreaking innovative thinking when it comes to implementing new technologies and commercial solutions in the Maritime domain, to address future challenges and needs and maximize the added value
Oded Breier, VP marketing, Israel Shipyards
12:20 Spotlight on Nigeria’s Maritime Security Efforts

  • Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, Nigeria Navy
12:40 Executive Panel Discussion: Yaoundé Architecture and Regional Cooperation
13:20 Innovation session (2 vendors)

  • This session will highlight the latest technologies in air and maritime security. The session consists of two, 15- minute, back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on the successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies

1) Reserved: Parmount
2) Reserved: Schiebel

13:50 Networking Lunch
15:00 Keynote speeches by special guests

  • Rear Admiral Ben Reynolds, Director of Maritime Headquarters U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet
  • Rear Admiral Mike Utley, Commander UK Strike Force, Royal Navy
15:30 Executive Panel Discussion: Effect of COVID 19 on Maritime Security Operations and its implications on Maritime Trade

  • Identifying the immediate requirements presented by COVID-19 for the regional militaries, health/medical stakeholders, ports, and law enforcement
  • Developing the long- and short-term capacity building initiatives to better control regional waters
  • Involving a multi-stakeholder approach to achieve greater information sharing
16:10 Innovation session (1 vendor)

  • This session will highlight the latest technologies in air and maritime security. The session consists of one, 15-minute, presentation from experts in the industry who will provide insights on the successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies

1) Reserved: MBDA

16:25 Open Discussion: use of transit corridors to improve protection for shipping against piracy
Moderator:

  • Commodore GL Bessing, Chief Staff Officer, Ghana Navy
16:55 Chairman closing remarks and End of Day 1
18:00 – 20:00 Cocktail Reception
8:50 Chairman opening remarks
9:00 Opening keynote speech: Ghana Air Force
Reserved: Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson, Chief of Air Staff, Ghana Air Force
9:15 Executive Panel Discussion: Strategies for addressing challenges to Maritime Air Operations in the Gulf of Guinea
9:55 Innovation Session (2 vendors)

  • This session will highlight the latest technologies in air and maritime security. The session consists of two, 15-minute, back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on the successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies

1) Reserved: Israel Aerospace
2) Reserved: Airbus

10:25 Executive Panel Discussion: Improving Maritime Domain Awareness Capabilities: The role of drones and MPAs
11:05 Innovation Session (2 vendors)

  • This session will highlight the latest technologies in air and maritime security. The session consists of two, 15-minute, back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on the successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies
  • 1) Reserved: Diamond Aircraft
  • 2) Reserved: Leonardo
11:35 Networking break
12:00 Executive Panel Discussions: The role of Civil Society, Academia and Maritime Administration in ensuring Maritime Security and Blue economy growth in the Gulf of Guinea
12:40 Innovation Session (2 vendors)

  • This session will highlight the latest technologies in air and maritime security. The session consists of two, 15-minute, back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on the successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies
  • 1) Reserved: Petram Fortis
13:10 Executive Panel Discussions: The role of Civil Society, Academia and Maritime Administration in ensuring Maritime Security and Blue economy growth in the Gulf of Guinea
13:40 Official Summary and Recommendations: IMDEC 2021 (open forum)
Moderated by the Event Chairman, this keynote closing panel will highlight the key takeaways and discussions of IMDEC, as well as list the most significant recommendations for improved maritime security within the Gulf of Guinea as determined by the event’s prominent experts.
14:00 Closing Ceremony
Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Defense Staff, Ghana Armed Forces
14:30 Networking Lunch

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KEMPINSKI HOTEL GOLD COAST CITY ACCRA

Ministries, Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue PMB 66, Accra, Ghana
reservations.accra@kempinski.com
https://www.kempinski.com/en
+233 242 436000

** For your room booking, kindly email reservation and quote IMDEC or Ghana Navy to access the special rate.

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