International Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference

Consolidating the Gains Made in the Gulf of Guinea: The Role of Stakeholders and Technology in Sustaining a Safe and Secure Maritime Domain

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EVENT OVERVIEW

Following the grand success of the first two editions, the 3rd International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEC) is scheduled to take place on 29-30 August 2023, Accra, Ghana. IMDEC 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 on the continent. This biennial gathering will feature a notable two-day conference and exhibition in which the gathered regional Naval Forces and relevant stakeholders will deliberate the increasingly volatile maritime threats facing Africa’s territorial waters and its blue economy. IMDEC 2023 will showcase the latest technologies in maritime security and strong resolutions and recommendations to surmount the daunting maritime challenges confronting Africa’s blue economy.

Hosted at the Burma Hall in Ghana Armed Forces Headquarters, the international expo at IMDEC 2023 will showcase solutions from across the globe to help maritime and naval industries find appropriate solutions to their challenges and threats and discover the new technologies to better fight against and curb illicit activities at sea.

INVITATION VIDEO

EVENT OVERVIEW

More than 800 international and regional maritime leaders, government officials, industry experts and delegates participated in the 3rd Annual International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEC 2023), which took place from 29-30 August 2023 in the Ghana Armed Forces Headquarters in Accra, Ghana. 

Hosted by the Ghana Navy, IMDEC has been playing a critical role in augmenting the maritime defence initiatives for the Gulf of Guinea and play a vital role in fostering maritime security for Africa. By bringing together African and international navies and key stakeholders, IMDEC has been serving as a platform for fostering cooperation and sharing best practices. 

Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy opened IMDEC 2023 and welcomed the regional and international gathering from 28 countries to Ghana. H.E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of Ghana Armed Forces launched Ghana’s National Integrated Maritime Strategy (NIMS). Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport and Hon. Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister of National Security for the Republic of Ghana delivered key presentations as part of NIMS launch.  

H.E. President of the Republic also inaugurated IMDEC Expo, which showcased cutting-edge and latest innovations in maritime security solutions from leading defence technology providers globally.  

The conference delved into the progress made by the Yaounde architecture as it marked a decade. The critical issues and maritime defence strategies were also addressed by Chiefs of Navies and Commanders from African and International Navies and Coast Guards, as well as by the various stakeholders and leading international defence technology providers. 

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Event Highlights in Pictures

Event Highlights – Day 1

Event Highlights – Day 2

Delegate Demographics

Organising Committee

Chairman of the Navy Planning Committee

Commodore Prosper Mensah Kwami Modey

Chief Staff Officer,
Ghana Navy

Deputy Chairman

Captain (Ghana Navy) Kwasi Kyeremanten Donkor

Director of Research and Development,
Ghana Navy

Secretary

Lt Cdr Dorothy Osei Anaso

Assistant Naval Secretary,
Ghana Navy

VIPs AND SPEAKERS

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo

President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of Ghana Armed Forces

Hon. Dominic Aduna Bingab Nitiwul

Minister of Defence,
Republic of Ghana

Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah

Minister of Transport,
Republic of Ghana

Hon. Albert Kan
Dapaah

Minister of National Security, Republic of Ghana

Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu

Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy 

Vice Admiral El
Ogalla

Chief of Naval Staff,
Nigeria Navy

Vice Admiral Monde Lobese

Chief of Naval Staff,
South Africa Navy

Commodore Philip Jesbert Juana

Chief of Naval Staff,
Sierra Leone Navy

Vice Admiral Kuyandi Hemedy Lukombo Albert

Chief of Staff of the Naval Force,
Democratic Republic of Congo

Rear Admiral Abdou Sene

Chief of Naval Staff,
Senegalese Navy

Rear Admiral Helder Nhanque

Chief of Naval Staff,
Guinea Bissau Navy

Colonel Juan Nsue Esono Nchama

Chief of Staff of Navy
Equitorial Guinea

Captain Jean-Léon Olatoundji

Chief of Naval Staff,
Benin Navy

Commander Babate Atatoum

Chief of Naval Staff,
Togolese Navy

Captain Armindo
Graca

Commander,
Cape Verde Coast Guard

Captain Armindo Pinho Fonseca Silva

Commander,
Sao Tome and Principe Coast Guard

Captain Lackmata
Jean

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff,
Cameroon Navy

Rear Admiral Amara Kone

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff,
Cote D’Ivorie

Rear Admiral Mohamed Salah Mansour Kassim

Assistant Commander,
Egyptian Maritime Forces for the Maritime Transport

Admiral Ludovic
Poitou

Deputy Director for International Security Affairs and Maritime Security Coordinator,
French Ministry for Armed Forces

Rear Admiral Pedro Augusto Bittencourt Heine Filho

Deputy Chief of Operations, Naval Operations Command; Commander - Maritime Operations and Protection of the Blue Amazon,
Brazilian Navy

Vice Admiral Carlos Ventura Soares

Material Superintendent,
Portuguese Navy

Hon. Abroulaye
Fofana

Permanent Secretary of Maritime Security,
Cote d’ Ivorie

Dr. Osei Bonsu
Dickson

Director of Policy,
Ministry of National Security,
Government of Ghana

Jose Mba
Abeso

Executive Secretary,
Gulf of Guinea Commission

H.E. Virginia
Palmer

US Ambassador
to Ghana

Ambassador Major-General Francis Adu-Amanfoh (Rtd)

Special Advisor to the President,
Accra Initiative

Rear Admiral Solomon Agada (Rtd)

Former Chief of Training and Operations,
Nigeria Navy

Captain Noël
Oboumou

Director,
Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC Zone F)

Dr. Bashir
Jamoh

Director General,
Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA)

R/Adm KP
Faidoo

Former Chief of the Naval Staff,
Ghana Navy

Umut Erdem
Kilinç

Naval Combat Systems Technical Solution Manager,
ASELSAN

Commodore S
Ayelazono

Flag Officer Fleet,
Ghana Navy

Phillip J.
Heyl

Chief Executive Officer,
The Heyl Group

Lorenzo
Cozzella

Business Development Manager,
Leonardo

Captain Sunday
Umoren

Secretary General,
Memorandum of Understanding On Port State Control for West & Central African Region (Abuja MoU)

Suat
Tozendemir

Naval Projects ILS
Group Manager,
STM

Captain Emmanuel Bell Bell

Head of Information and Communication Management Division, Inter-Regional Coordination Centre (ICC)

Arik
Rubinchik

Director of Marketing & Sales,
Israel Shipyards

Prof. Francois
Vrey

Emeritus Professor,
Stellenbosch University

Prof. Francois
Vrey

Emeritus Professor,
Stellenbosch University

Tomaz
Pust

Project Manager,
DAT CON

Guillermo
Rosello

Director of
International Expansion,
Satlantis

Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson

Former Chief
of Air Staff,
Ghana

Captain Inusah Abdul-Nasir

Director Technical,
Ghana Maritime Authority

Kenneth
Adu-Amanfoh

Director-General, Narcotics Control Commission & Chairman,
Africa Cybersecurity & Digital Rights Organisation (ACDRO)

Prof. Thomas
Mandrup

Associate Professor,
Royal Danish Defence College

ATTENDEE BREAKDOWN

Join the Exclusive Golf Day

Held as the pre-conference day, the golf day features an afternoon of golf with the Chiefs of Naval Staff from the various African countries.

The event offers an exclusive and unparalleled opportunity to network with 12+ Chiefs of Naval Staff, Commanders of Coast Guards and their counterparts from international countries.

When: 28 August 2023
Where: Bok Nam Kim Golf Course

Exclusive VIP Networking Gala Dinner

When: 6PM – 9PM on 28 August

Where: Sandbox Beach Club Hotel

Join an exclusive evening of networking with Chiefs of Navy and senior officials from Africa’s and international maritime industry.

Cocktail Reception

The evening of IMDEC’s first day of the conference will feature a cocktail reception for all attendees of IMDEC to further facilitate networking amongst the event’s prominent stakeholders.

When: 6PM – 8PM on 29 August

Where: Burma Hall

IMDEC Expo

Showcasing the latest and most innovative maritime security technologies and solutions, IMDEC’s Expo bring world’s leading defence suppliers to Accra.

Meet leading technology providers for communication technologies, radars, satellite imagery solutions and vessels among other key solutions vital for further strengthening maritime defence capabilities of African navies.

Join the 3rd IMDEC to explore latest in defence technologies and solutions, taking place on the side lines of the IMDEC Conference in Burma Hall.

When: 29 – 30 August (alongside the IMDEC Conference)

Where: Exhibitions Area (Next to Burma Hall)

Conference Agenda

  • Pre-Conference Day
    Monday, 28 August 2023
  • Main Conference Day 1 | Burma Hall
    Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Main Conference Day 2 | Burma Hall
    Wednesday, 30 August 2023
13:00-17:00
Golf Day with Chief of Naval Staff from various African countries
18:00 – 21:00
IMDEC 2023 VIP Gala Dinner
Exclusive By Invite-Only VIP Dinner at Sandbox Beach Club Hotel
08:00 - 08:55
Registration and Morning Refreshments
09:00 - 09:10
09:15 - 09:25
Welcome remarks
Remarks from National Integrated Maritime Strategy (NIMS) Stakeholders:
09:30 – 09:35
Musical Interlude (Band)
09:35 – 09:50
Guest of Honour’s Keynote Speech and Launch of the National Integrated Maritime Strategy (NIMS)
09:55 - 12:00
Networking and refreshments
12:00 - 12:45
Panel Discussion - Consolidating the Gains Made in the GoG: An Audit of a Decade of the YAMS and Prospects for the Future
Panelists:
Moderator:
12:45 - 13:15
Innovation session:
Presentation 1: ASELSAN’s Integrated Combat System Solutions for Surface Ships and Submarines
Speaker:
Presentation 2: Infrastructures for repairing and maintenance of commercial ships and oil & gas ships of the African continent
Speaker:
Joint Q&A with the presenters
13:15 - 14:00
VIP Presentations:
Presentation 1:
The Role of the Nigerian Navy in Sustaining a Safe and Secured Maritime Domain in the Gulf of Guinea
Speaker
Presentation 2:
Sisonke – Cooperative African Maritime Security
Speaker
Presentation 3:
The French Navy, A Partner Committed to Preserve a Secure Maritime Environment in the Gulf of Guinea
Speaker
14:00 - 14:45
Networking Luncheon / Exhibition Tour
14:45 - 15:30
Bilaterals/Networking/Exhibition Tour
15:30 - 16:00
VIP Presentation: Strength through Partnership: Gulf of Guinea, the Continent, the World
16:00 - 16:30
Innovation Session:
Presentation 1:
Leonardo Vision and Solutions for OPV Market
Speaker:
Presentation 2:
STM Naval Projects, From MİLGEM to STM500
Speaker:
Joint Q&A with the presenters
16:30 - 17:15
Fireside Chat - Regional Collaboration to secure the GoG: The Concept of Combined Maritime Task Force (CMTF-GoG)
Panelists:
Moderator:
17:15 - 17:30
Closing Remarks and End of Conference Day 1
18:00 - 20:00
Cocktail Reception
08:00 - 08:55
Bilateral/Networking Session
09:00 - 09:40
Panel Discussion: Enhancing Collaboration between Maritime Administration and Navies and Coast Guards in the Gulf of Guinea
Panelists:
Moderator:
09:45 - 10:00
Presentation: Earth Observation with High Resolution Small Satellites as a Key Technology in the Current Maritime Defence & Security Context
Speaker:
10:00-10:15
Presentation: Integrated Security Solution
Speaker:
10:15 - 11:00
Fire-side Chat - Governing and Resourcing the Maritime Sector to Optimize the Benefits of the Blue Economy: The Case of the Nigerian Deep Blue Project
Panelists:
Moderator:
11:00 -11:45
Networking Break / Exhibition Tour
11:45 - 12:30
“Puma” Drone Demonstration by AeroVironment
12:30 – 12:45
VIP Presentation: "Aspects of Maritime Security in the South Atlantic."
12:45 - 13:05
Presentation - Preventing the Nexus between Terrorism and Maritime Insecurity in West Africa: The Role of the Accra Initiative
Speaker:
13:05 - 13:50
Panel Discussion – Cyber Security and Underwater Infrastructure
Panelists:
Moderator:
13:50 – 14:00
Raffle draw
14:00 - 14:15
Official summary and recommendations: IMDEC 2023 (open forum)
14:15 - 14:30
Closing Ceremony
14:30 – 16:00
Networking Luncheon and Exhibition Hour
16:00
Close of 3rd IMDEC

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

Pre-conference day
  • Golf Day with the Naval Chiefs
  • Pre-conference Reception







Wednesday, 12 July 2023

Day 1 | Burma Hall
  • IMDEC 2023 Opening Ceremony
  • Keynote Speech by Guest of Honor
  • Exhibition Opening Ceremony
  • Presentations and Panel Discussions
  • Day 1 Afterparty Cocktail Reception

Thursday, 13 July 2023

Day 2 | Burma Hall
  • Presentations and Panel Discussions
  • Exhibition Tour and Raffle Draw
  • IMDEC 2023 Closing Remarks and Ceremony



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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?

Find out the major piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea and the emerging counter-piracy plans and operations

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VIPS and Speakers from

2021 & 2019

Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo

Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo

Chief of Naval Staff, Nigeria Navy

Air Vice Marshal IG Lubo

Air Vice Marshal IG Lubo

Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, Nigerian Air Force

Captain Emmanuel

Captain Emmanuel

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Cameroon Navy

Rear Admiral Oumar Wade

Rear Admiral Oumar Wade

Chief of Naval Staff, Senegalese Navy

Rear Admiral Nancy Lacore

Rear Admiral Nancy Lacore

Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. Sixth Fleet

Senior Colonel KOUAHO N’GUETTA Julien

Senior Colonel KOUAHO N’GUETTA Julien

Commander, Bouake Air Base, Cote d’Ivoire Air Force

Rear Admiral Mike Utley

Rear Admiral Mike Utley

Commander UK Strike Force, Royal Navy

Rear Admiral Carlos Alfredo Mandungal

Rear Admiral Carlos Alfredo Mandungal

Chief of Naval Staff, Guinea Bissau Navy

Rear Admiral Nguessan Kouame

Rear Admiral Nguessan Kouame

Chief of Naval Staff Ivory Coast Navy

Captain Pedro Santana

Captain Pedro Santana

Commander of the Coast Guard, Cape Verde

Captain Philip Juana

Captain Philip Juana

Commander, Sierra Leone Navy

Dr. Dieng Abdourahmane (Rtd Col)

Dr. Dieng Abdourahmane (Rtd Col)

Head Regional Security Division, ECOWAS Commission

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)

Commodore Carlos Campos

Commodore Carlos Campos

General Coordinator, SWAIMS – Operational Response and Management of the Rule at Sea, Portuguese Navy

Ambassador Florentina Adenike Ukonga

Ambassador Florentina Adenike Ukonga

Executive Secretary, Gulf of Guinea Commission

Commander Hassan Sei Coomber

Commander Hassan Sei Coomber

Commander, Air Force Sierra Leone

Senior Colonel Kouaho N’guetta Julien

Senior Colonel Kouaho N’guetta Julien

Commander, Bouake Air Base, Ivory Coast Air Force

Colonel Ossomba Etienne

Colonel Ossomba Etienne

Chief of Operations, Cameroon Air Force

Mr Thomas Kofi Alonzi

Mr Thomas Kofi Alonzi

Director General, Ghana Maritime Authority

Captain Inusah Abdul Nasir

Captain Inusah Abdul Nasir

Technical Director, Ghana Maritime Authority

Vice Admiral Jose Augusto Viera da Cunha de Menezes

Vice Admiral Jose Augusto Viera da Cunha de Menezes

Commander in chief of the squadron Brazil Navy

Rear Admiral Ashraf Abdelgawad Hafez Abdelgawad

Rear Admiral Ashraf Abdelgawad Hafez Abdelgawad

Director, Naval Post Graduate Institute Egypt Navy

Vice Admiral Kuyandi Hemedy

Vice Admiral Kuyandi Hemedy

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Democratic Republic of Congo Navy

Captain Fatou Jaiteh Baldeh

Captain Fatou Jaiteh Baldeh

Executive Officer/ PA to CNS NHQ Gambia Navy

Vice Admiral Jean-Louis Lozier

Vice Admiral Jean-Louis Lozier

Commander, Chief for Atlantic Ocean French Navy

Captain Msafiri Mtalika Hamisi

Captain Msafiri Mtalika Hamisi

Tanzania Navy

Major General Moundhey Ali

Major General Moundhey Ali

Commander, Chief for Atlantic Ocean French Navy

Admiral James Foggo

Admiral James Foggo

Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and U.S. Naval Forces Africa United States Navy

Captain Kossi Mayo

Captain Kossi Mayo

Chief Of Navy Staff Togo

Vice Admiral Jorge Novo Palma

Vice Admiral Jorge Novo Palma

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Portugal Navy

Captain Philip J. Juana

Captain Philip J. Juana

Deputy Chief of Navy Staff Sierra Leone Navy

Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas

Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas

Chief Of Naval Staff Nigeria

Captain Rene Nganongo

Captain Rene Nganongo

Chief of Naval Staff Congo Brazzaville Navy

Vice Admiral Manuel Ferreira de Jesus

Vice Admiral Manuel Ferreira de Jesus

Chief, Navy Operations Directorate Angola Navy

Captain Emmanuel Kenfack

Captain Emmanuel Kenfack

Commander Surface Forces Cameroon Navy

Rear Admiral Koi Alexis Maomou

Rear Admiral Koi Alexis Maomou

Chief of Navy Staff Guinea Navy

Captain Bekale Meyong Charles Hubert

Captain Bekale Meyong Charles Hubert

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Gabon Navy

Rear Admiral Momar Diagne

Rear Admiral Momar Diagne

Chief Of Naval Staff Senegal

Captain René Nganongo

Captain René Nganongo

Chief of Naval Staff Congo Brazzaville

Rear-Admiral Nguessan Kouame

Rear-Admiral Nguessan Kouame

Chief Of Naval Staff Ivory Coast

Kamal-Deen Ali

Kamal-Deen Ali

Executive Director CEMLAWS

Rear Admiral Narciso Fastudo Junior

Rear Admiral Narciso Fastudo Junior

Deputy Executive Director Interregional Coordination Centre

Kathleen Quartey Ayensu

Kathleen Quartey Ayensu

Commissioner, International Law African Union

Rear Admiral Silvio Vratogna

Rear Admiral Silvio Vratogna

Deputy Head, Plans and Maritime Policy Italian Navy

Victor Kargbo

Victor Kargbo

Acting Assistant Director of Fisheries Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Sierra Leone

Commodore EA Kwafo

Commodore EA Kwafo

Fisheries Enforcement Unit Ghana

Nneka Obianyor

Nneka Obianyor

Ag. Registrar of Ships NIMASA

Captain Pedro Santana

Captain Pedro Santana

Commander Cabo Verde Coast Guard

Phil Heyl

Phil Heyl

Principal The Heyl Group

Commodore GL Bessing

Commodore GL Bessing

Former Chief Staff Officer, Ghana Navy

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