Piracy & Bunkering: Ghanaian Navy To Host 10 Chief Of Navies, 250 Int’l Senior Officers


LAGOS MAY 30TH (NEWSRANGERS)-A 2018 report by the International Maritime Bureau, issued about piracy and armed robbery against ships revealed that total of 201 incidents were reported in 2018. The report stated some other alarming figures, as the violence against crew from January till December 2018, varied between 141 incidents of crew taken hostage, 83 kidnapped, 9 threatened, 8 injured, and 2 killed.
Therefore, 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 at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEC), taking place on 24-25 July 2019 in Accra, to discuss and address how to secure the increasingly volatile marine and coastal waters in Africa as well as stabilizing economic advancement and security on the crucial Gulf of Guinea. Ghana’s Vice President Dr. MahamuduBawumia and The Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Seth Amoama will inaugurate the event.
The latest Chiefs of Naval Staff to confirm their attendance as guests and speakers at International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEC) are Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff, Nigeria Navy, Rear Admiral Koi Alexis Maomou, Chief of Staff, Guinea Navy, Rear Admiral Momar Diagne, Chief of Naval Staff, Senegal Navy, Captain Kossi Mayo, Chief of Staff, Togo Navy.
Commenting on organizing IMDEC, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy, said: “The Ghana Navy celebrates the 60th Anniversary this year under the theme Celebrating 60 years of Naval Excellence: Securing the Maritime Domain for National Development. As part of activities to commemorate the occasion, we are in partnership with Great Minds Events Management to organize the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference in Accra Ghana from the 23rd -25th July 2019”.
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama continued: “I look forward to welcoming you to Accra as we are inviting all maritime stakeholders both local and international as well as chiefs of the navy’s sub- region and also from other international countries to come and discuss principle issues facing the maritime security of Africa and in particular the Gulf of Guinea”.
“At the conference we will explore modern technical innovations that will aid in curbing the illegal unregulated, unreported fishingdominating our maritime domain. We look forward to a rich conversation on information sharing and capacity building. we will also talk about cyber and electronic warfare. In addition, participants and attendees have the opportunity tovisit the stands and exhibitions put in place by major defence and maritime industry to showcase modern and advanced technology in maritime severance defence command and control and a whole lot of technology to be displayed during this conference”, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy, added.
The latest report released by Ocean Beyond Piracy (OBP) showed that the economic cost of piracy to West Africa has been on the increase in the last three years, reaching over $818.1 million in 2017, while about $213.7 million was spent to contract maritime security personnel protecting vessels in the region. It revealed that regional spending on law enforcement and naval patrols increased by $13.2 million in the year.
The program aims to address the critical issues facing the Gulf of Guinea region such as interdicting regional maritime security threats, interagency cooperation as well as jointly identifying the key solutions required to achieve greater maritime stability.

Click hereto view the program to witness the insightful sessions and full list of VIP speakers.

Below is a snapshot of some of the confirmed VVIP’s:

• Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
• Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa, Chief of the Defence Staff, Ghana
• Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy
• Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff, Nigeria Navy
• Major General Moundhey G Ali, Commander, Special Forces, Nigeria Army
• Rear Admiral Koi Alexis Maomou, Chief of Staff, Guinea Navy
• Rear Admiral Momar Diagne, Chief of Naval Staff, Senegal Navy
• Captain Kossi Mayo, Chief of Staff, Togo Navy
• Captain Albert Ezin Bado, Chief of Naval Staff, Benin Navy
• Hon. Dominic Nitiwul, MP Minister of Defence, Ghana
• Major General William Ayamdo, Chief of Army Staff, Ghana
• Air Vice Marshall Frank Hanson, Chief of Air Staff, Ghana
• Admiral James Gordon Foggo III, Commander US Naval Forces, Europe and Africa

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