A 2-day International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEC) organized by collaboration between Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Great Minds Events and Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute (GOGMI) to deliberate on and proffer solutions to issues of Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crimes in the African subregion, has ended successfully.

The closing ceremony for the over 500-participant conference and exhibition, was held at the Burma Hall, Burma Camp, Accra, on Wednesday 12 October, 2022, with Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima-Kwanwoma Constituency – Kofi Amankwa-Manu being the Guest-of-Honour.

Mr Amankwa-Manu expressed the view that the theme set out by IDEC ’22 – Strengthening International Collaboration to Combat Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crimes – are achievable but only in a law-abiding and secured environment, which would encourage socioeconomic development and free movement of persons.

On Armies, Navies, Air Forces in the region of Africa, the MP averred that efforts to enhance cooperation and collaboration between inter-states Armed Forces, are particularly significant and should be followed through, as participating countries endeavour to leverage the networks established through IDEC ‘22 and the provisions in the regional security architecture of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct, for the improvement of security in the subregion.

He said the equipment and technologies demonstrated and displayed at the exhibition, and the ideas discussed at the various sessions of the conference, provide a roadmap to the solutions so desperately needed in the subregion, hoping that strategies deliberated upon to deal with terrorism and transnational organized crime, would be applied.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), GAF – Vice Admiral Seth Amoama made an elaborate presentation on “Ghana’s Military Efforts in Curbing Terrorism”, at the second day of the conference.

IDEC ’22 deployed presentations, open discussions, panel discussions, offsite-sessions with Defence Chiefs and keynote addresses by guest speakers, to solicit from participants on antidotes to Africa’s myriad of insecurity issues affecting land, sea and air.

There were presentations captioned “Strengthening International Collaboration to Combat Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime”, “Major Developments and Achievements in Land Systems”, “Cost-Effective Attack Helicopter Upgrades”, “Leveraging Technology to Improve Security Response”, “Ghana’s Military Efforts in Curbing Terrorism” and “Italian Navy’s Support to Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea”.

Panel discussions deliberated on “Accra Initiative – Prospects and Challenges”, “Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Strategies”, whiles Open Discussions dealt with “Initiatives to Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime”, “Combating Transnational Organized Crimes: a Specific Case of ICGLR (International Conference on the Great Lakes Region) Response in Eastern DRC”.

Three Offsite Sessions were separately held – one hosted by the Chief of the Army Staff, GAF, for Generals/Chiefs of Army and representatives, another hosted by the Chief of the Naval Staff, GAF, for Admirals/Chiefs of Navy and their representatives and a third by the Chief of the Air Staff, GAF, for Air Marshals/Chiefs of Air Force – at three different locations, away from the conference venue.

By Kofi Ampeah-Woode


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