African Security: The East African Maritime Security Summit


Ambassador Etienne de Poncins
Ambassador Etienne de Poncins
Head of Mission
 Chris Trelawny
Chris Trelawny
Deputy Director, Maritime Safety Division
International Maritime Organization
Major General Ahmed al-Ashwal
Major General Ahmed al-Ashwal
Chief of General Staff
Republic of Yemen
Major General Ahmed Shiyam
Major General Ahmed Shiyam
Chief of Defence Force
Maldives National Defence Force
Major General Ngewa Mukala
Major General Ngewa Mukala
Kenyan Navy
 Leopold Payet
Leopold Payet
Chief of Defence Force
Seychelles People's Defence Force

Following a period of relative calm with no successful acts of piracy since 2012, International Forces from the Big 3 (EU NAVFOR’s Operation ATALANTA, NATO’s OCEAN SHIELD and Combined Maritime Forces TASK FORCE 151) are expected to reduce their assets in the region. A necessary transition is being planned in order to ensure the nations of the region gradually step up to augment this military presence.

AFSEC 15 seeks to reassess the maritime security situation in the Gulf of Aden and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. Using the 2009 Djibouti Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden as a conceptual framework, the conference hopes to examine lessons learned over the past 5 years and develop strategies for future cooperation in broader areas of maritime security, beyond that of piracy.

Djibouti, home to military facilities including Japan, France, and America, as well as international organisation including IGAD and EUCAP NESTOR, is the ideal venue for this conference. The country acts as an international maritime and military laboratory where new forms of cooperation are being developed. The Djibouti Regional Maritime Training Centre is due to be opened here in February 2015, and will host the conference Focus Day on regional cooperation and training.

Key Benefits of Attending AFSEC 2015:

  • Help shape the future of maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
  • Engage in open debate and private discussion with Chiefs of Defence and Commanders of Navies throughout the region
  • Gain a comprehensive roadmap of future maritime security off the East Coast of Africa
  • Be encouraged to offer solutions to securing the maritime domain and providing effective communication among partners

Testimonials from our last regional security conference

"Our experience at “Maritime Surveillance Rome 2012” convinced us that IQPC forums were an appropriate vehicle to build awareness with governments, authorities and agencies of Indra’s capabilities and experience in maritime surveillance. CABSEC was a very good conference to learn more about the maritime surveillance and security requirements of nations . "José Manuel Pérez-Pujazón, Deputy Executive Vice President, Defence

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