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11.11.2014

MCSA 2015 - Maritime & Coastal Security Africa

Maritime & Coastal Security Africa 2015, 22nd to 24th November, in Cape Town South Africa covers the pan-African maritime defence and security sector.

There are growing defence budgets and a pressing need for armed forces to rapidly increase maritime defence and security capability in the pan-African region.

MCSA 2015 is the platform for the full spectrum of seafarers operating along the African coastline The object is to collaboratively project the future requirements to counteract sea threats and piracy. Matching future maritime security landscape parameters, creating a sustainable, long-term security strategy.

MCSA 2015 focuses on stimulating interregional and multi-platform collaboration to secure effective defence and security maritime cooperatives. Including public / private partnerships in funding and operations as well as assessing cutting-edge surface, sub-surface and air platforms for maritime surveillance and security.

Maritime & Coastal Security Africa presents the opportunity to meet those who set requirements, influence decisions and procure equipment.

Key Updates - Pan-African Maritime Defence and Security Sector:

  • Pirates are still increasingly active in West Arica and Southeast Asia.
  • Gulf of Guinea has 15 confirmed criminal incidents between July and September this year alone.
  • The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is considering the expansion of antipiracy patrols in the Mozambican Channel to include Tanzania.
  • China is for the first time sending a submarine to the coast of East Africa to take part in anti-piracy patrols and escort tasks.
  • Private maritime security companies are warning that if the shipping industry lets its guard down Somali piracy could quickly resurge.
  • Steps are being taken to rebuild the Angolan armed forces.
  • The Namibian navy has specified that more resources and strategic relationships are needed.

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MCSA 2015 - Cape Town - South Africa

The challenge facing companies either wishing to enter this sector or strengthen relationships with key players within the defence sector is where you would be able to effectively meet and discuss future investments with these key players. Carly Ballan, Business Development Manager at SP Intelligent said, ‘After discussing at length the correct way to enter into the African defence market with many influential, key players within the sector we all came to the same conclusion - The only way to acquire business in Africa is via face to face meetings.'

Regional experts brief attendees at MCSA 2015:

  • Anticipating future maritime threats
  • Hear current analyses on how piracy is affecting Africa and African shipping lanes
  • Insight into the latest technologies for clear visibility and awareness of the maritime domain
  • Learn about global maritime standards shaping the future of the industry as stipulated by the IMO
  • Identify how to ensure interoperability and cooperation among authorities within the maritime sector
  • Investigate means to maximise sea platform capability and optimise financial and human resources
  • Discover how to design requirements for development and future flexibility

Expected attendance at MCSA 2015:

  • 1500+ attendees
  • 35+ countries
  • 40+ speakers
  • 70+ exhibition stands
  • 200+ military representatives

The African Economy & Maritime Security

The size of the African economy has more than tripled since 2000, led by sub-Saharan Africa, which saw its output quadrupled. Global foreign direct investment into the region has increased by 75% over the last 5 years.

Defence budgets in Africa have grown by 8.6% over the past year and will continue to rise in response to a pressing need for armed forces to rapidly increase defence capacity. For the future of African human and economic security, it is essential for key players to understand how the changing technological, political and economic landscape will affect Africa maritime force design over the next 10-15 years.

African forces are actively preparing for mounting conventional warfare situations, further humanitarian efforts on the continent as well as counteracting a general rise in piracy and sea crimes, costing the international maritime industry circumventing the African coastline $9 - $12 billion per year. Seafarers operating along the African coastline rely on coastal and offshore patrol vessels to counteract sea threats and piracy. The objective is to improve maritime security creating a sustainable, long-term security strategy.

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