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Coastal and Maritime Surveilance Conference
Delivering Total Surveillance of African Maritime Domains

17 March, 2014 - 20 March, 2014, Accra, Ghana

Welcome Message from the Chief of the naval staff of the Ghana Navy Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa Conference and Defense Exhibition 2014

The importance of the oil and gas industry and the strategic maritime environment of the Gulf of Guinea cannot be overemphasized. The enormous size, diversity and complexity of the maritime environment present daunting challenges regarding its protection and management.

The Gulf of Guinea region has in recent times been plagued with increasing incidences of piracy, armed robbery at sea and oil theft among others. The impact of these nefarious activities has ramifications which extend beyond the shares of Africa. The situation has resulted in heightened maritime security concerns of the region.

It is believed that the enhancement and effective utilization of surveillance capabilities across nation in the region will aid in combating the incident of illicit use of the maritime environment thereby increasing operational capability of the region and restore tolerable levels of maritime security. It is upon this thrust the Ghana Navy is hosting the Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa Conference and Defense Exhibition from 17 - 20 March 2014 in Accra, Ghana.

Key topics to be discussed at the Summit

  • Surveillance ships and offshore patrol vessels
  • Coastal surveillance systems
  • Sea surveillance radars
  • Surface to air radars
  • Anti-piracy
  • Anti-smuggling
  • Search and rescue
  • Air surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Maritime Domain Awareness
  • Interoperability and integration of systems
  • Unmanned aerial systems
  • Naval helicopters and reconnaissance aircraft
  • Protection of offshore oil and energy assets
  • Multilateral operations to increase maritime security


"Excellent opportunity to connect with constellation of same interest. Fascinating, well-paced and the team did a great job."
Capt Chuck Gunzel, US Navy

"Very valuable, several important points of view and experiences have been exchanged during the lectures and the meeting."
R. Adm. Edoardo Compiani, Italian Navy

"Very good mixture. Very valuable. I met the people I wanted to meet."
Markus von Albed, MTU

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Venue & Accommodation

Accra International Conference Centre
Castle Rd, Accra
0001, Ghana   

Accra stretches along the Atlantic Ocean and boasts beautiful beaches, grand city buildings, monuments, museums, libraries, galleries, traditional markets and a vibrant nightlife. Visitors will be struck by the orderly nature of the city, which still manages to keep a very distinctive West African charm.

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The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

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  • His Excellency Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, Vice President, Government of Ghana
  • Hon Mark Owen Woyongo, Minister for Defence, Government of Ghana
  • Hon Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, Deputy Minister for Defence, Government of Ghana
  • Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, Chief of Defence Staff, Ghana Armed Forces
  • Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy
  • Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, Chief of Air Staff, Ghana Air Force
  • Major General Richard Opoku-Adusei, Chief of Army Staff, Ghana Army
  • IGP Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, Inspector General, Ghana Police Service
  • Mr. Peter Issaka Azuma, Director General, Ghana Maritime Authority
  • Professor Guy Thomas, Notable for the conception and design of, Space-based AIS
  • Rear Admiral Hanno Teuteberg, Chief Director Maritime Strategy, South African Navy
  • Rear Admiral Jürgen Ehle, Chairman, European Union Military Committee Working Group
  • Commodore Steve Kweku Darbo, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Ghana Navy
  • Captain (GN) Issah Yakubu, Director of Naval Administration, Ghana Navy
  • Captain (GN) Samuel Angmor, Superintendent, Naval Dockyard Complex Sekondi, Ghana Navy
  • Colonel Matthew Essien, Deputy Director General, Defence Communications and Information Systems, Ghana Armed Forces
  • Captain (R) Phillip Heyl, Chief, Air and Maritime Security Branch, US Africa Command
  • Captain (R) Ned Lundquist, Principal Science Writer, MCR Federal
  • Dr Karen Sumser-Lupson, Commissioner, African Maritime Safety and Security Agency
  • Lieutenant (GN) Joshua MacSimpiney, Assistant Director of Naval Administration, Ghana Navy

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Event details

IQPC Middle East FZ LLC
17 March, 2014
20 March, 2014
Accra International Conference Centre


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