Peacekeeping & Stability Links Africa 2014
Hilton Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
24-25 June 2014
Introducing ConfLinks’ Peacekeeping & Stability Links Africa 2014 event being held at the Hilton Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24-25 June 2014. This important event will address the ever-growing concern for long-term security and stability across the continent by bringing Government, U.S., UN and International Agency stakeholders together with best-of-breed local and global business operators for idea sharing and bilateral discussions focussed on public-private partnerships (PPPs). Discussions will include topics around supporting SSR, counter-terrorism, DDR, peacekeeping, logistics solutions, border control, counter-narcotics, construction/refurbishment, defense sector training, maritime security, capacity building, equipment procurement, aerial surveillance and election monitoring.
Invitees to this landmark forum will include Ministers of Defence and Interior from across Sub-Saharan Africa such as South Sudan, Ghana, Somalia, Djibouti, Nigeria, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Libya, Niger, Cameroon, Uganda and Kenya alongside representatives from United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in the DRC (MONUSCO), the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Central African Republic (MISCA), Darfur (UNAMID) the African-led Support International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Trans Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP). Additionally, organisations such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), African Development Bank (AfDB), Eastern African Standby Force Coordination Mechanism (EASFCOM), International Maritime Organization (IMO), INTERPOL, United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), EU NAVFOR, USAID, U.S. Department of State, USAFRICOM, Defense Logistics Agency Europe & Africa (DLA-E/A), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) and NATO will also be invited to attend and participate.
ConfLinks’ format of information sharing through morning plenary sessions followed by pre-scheduled afternoon match-making sessions allows for maximum productivity and fulfilment. Attendees representing both the public and private-sector will find the two days in Addis Ababa extremely enjoyable and rewarding, creating long-lasting connections ultimately promoting PPPs for the good of Africa’s long-term stability. Peacekeeping & Stability Links Africa 2014 will offer the optimum blend of a relaxed yet stimulating environment where like-minded colleagues will come together to forge meaningful collaborations for the future.
Recent developments across Africa, such as the energy boom, has resulted in a vastly increased military budget across the region. Coupled with significant spending cuts across U.S. and European markets, corporations are targeting African markets, whilst Governments and International Agencies look to partner with the private-sector and utilise latest strategies, solutions and technologies to combat security issues and terrorism. Global military budgets are currently estimated to exceed $20billion whilst the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations exceed a further $12billion.