The Ghanaian Navy will host over 10 Chiefs of Navies from across Africa along with 250 international senior officials from Navies, Coast Guards and Marine Police from Wednesday next week.
They will be addressing security issues around the increasingly volatile marine and coastal waters in Africa as well as maritime contributions to economic advancement in the crucial Gulf of Guinea.
Ghana is becoming increasingly important as a crude oil export source as well as consumer of natural gas, some of which is pumped undersea through pipeline.
Nigeria has been notorious for crude oil induced piracy.
Virtually all of the countries along the West African coast experience Piracy, illegal fishing, and armed robberies on the Atlantic.
These issues are just some of those to be discussed at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEC), taking place on 24-25 July 2019 in Accra, Ghana. “These threats not only disrupt regional stability but also hinder the thriving of the economies”, according to Future Banking Tech, the summit’s organisers. “It is essential that international and intergovernmental players continue to build upon joint capabilities to alter this progression.
IMDEC’s ribbon cutting ceremony will be attended by Mahamudu Bawumia (Dr.), Ghana’s Vice President, , as well as Aduna Bingab Nitiwul, the host country’s Minister of Defence, Ghana, Lt. Gen. Obed Akwa, Chief of Defence Staff, Ghana Armed Forces, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy, Air Vice Marshal F Hanson, Chief of Air Staff. according to the organisers of the event.
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy, will present the Opening keynote speech, titled: Ghana Navy – past, present and the future. Followed by a panel discussion titled: Maritime Forces: Joint Operations and strengthening interoperability. The discussion will be moderated followed by a VIP exhibition tour and a an awards of appreciation will be presented to VIP attendees.