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SAMSEC Summit 2014

30 June, 2014 - 2 July, 2014, Cartagena, Colombia

The South American Security Summit 2014

SAMSEC 14: The South American Security Summit focussed on developing an integrated approach to land and maritime border management in South America. The summit provides a forum to discuss measures to combat Transnational Organized Crime and associated problems of porous borders.

Counter-Narcotic operations are a shared security concern across South America as drug trafficking serves as the predominant means by which Transnational Criminal Organizations obtain money and increase power in the region. The subject, as a unifying security concern lends itself to becoming the foundation for wider defense and security cooperation throughout the region.

This conference is incredibly timely:

  • Brazil is conducting cross border operations and giving military aid to neighbours
  • Canada is maintaining military CN operations in the Americas
  • Uruguay has become the first nation to legalise marijuana
  • EU to give $33.4m to Bolivia and $41M to Peru for CN efforts
  • U.S. is giving $100 million to Peru for CN operations and alternative development
  • Chile has invested US$70 m in the Northern Border plan; a coordinated aerial, terrestrial and maritime surveillance initiative
  • Colombia's government in peace negotiations with the FARC

With senior defence and security leaders meeting with international stakeholders, diplomatic, and law-enforcement personnel the subjects for discussion will include:

  • Best practice in regional cooperation and information exchange
  • Current capabilities, challenges and asset requirements
  • A model for an effective integrated security system
  • System integration challenges
  • Current and planned initiatives funded by foreign nations and international organisations
  • Responding to an adaptive adversary with agility and an integrated approach
  • Future developments in intelligence; data fusion and pattern analysis


"The excellent organisation of the event allowed us to really appreciate the networking opportunities. It was a great event. Congratulations!"
José Manuel Pérez-Pujazón, Deputy Executive Vice President, Defence

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Venue & Accommodation

Hilton Cartagena
Avenida Almirante Brion, El Laguito
130001, Colombia
Phone: 57-5-6948000  

Travel and accommodation are not included in the registration fee. However a number of discounted bedrooms have been reserved at the Hilton Cartagena. Please contact Jairo Manzur ( at the hotel directly on Tel:575 6930881 and quote booking reference IQPC to receive your discounted rate, prices start from $230 including breakfast. There is limited availability so we do encourage attendees to book early to avoid disappointment.

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

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Conference Chairman

  • General (retired) Fernando Tapias, Former Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff , Colombian Armed Forces (1998-2002)


  • John Achong, Director of the Ministry , Surinamese MoD
  • General Rodolfo Palomino, Director General , Colombian National Police
  • General Vicente Romero Fernández, Director of Counter-Narcotics , National Police of Peru
  • Vicealmirante Hernando Wills Vélez, Comandante , Armada Nacional de Colombiana
  • Major General Hector Pachon Cañon, Commanding General , Colombian Marines
  • Brigadier General Ronni Benschop, Commander , Armed Forces of Suriname
  • Brigadier General Sean P. Mulholland, Commander , Special Operations Command South
  • Special Agent Edgar Vladimir Almada Ortiz, Director of Operations , SENAD - Paraguay
  • Comisionado Gilberto Méndez, Secretary General, National Air Service , Panama Ministry of Public Security
  • Luis Fernando Ramirez, Former Minister , Colombian Ministry of Defence
  • General Oscar Naranjo, Former Commandant , Colombian National Police
  • José Vinicio Martínez Ardón, perative Coordinator of the Democratic Security Directorate , General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System
  • Bo Mathiasen, Regional Representative to Colombia , United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Roman Ortiz, Director , Decisive Point

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Event details

Defence IQ
30 June, 2014
2 July, 2014
Hilton Cartagena


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