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EVENT OVERVIEW

Following the grand success of the first two editions, the 3rd International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (IMDEC) is scheduled to take place on 12- 13 July 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, IMDEC 2023 massive exhibition will host 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.

Site Visits

These tours of Ghana’s Naval base 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 fleet. This is a key opportunity for solution providers to gain first-hand knowledge and share their product offerings.

GALA DINNER

On July 11th, we will host an exclusive dinner for only the VIP attendees of IMDEC. This will include the gathered Chiefs of Navies as well as prominent dignitaries from Ghana’s Armed Forces and Political Leadership.

Cocktail Reception

On July 12th, after the first day of the conference, we will host a cocktail reception for all attendees of IMDEC to further facilitate networking amongst the event’s prominent stakeholders.

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Agenda at a glance

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



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 Commodore GL Bessing, Chief Staff Officer, Ghana Navy

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

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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?

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