18-19 June 2018
Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra, Ghana

Conference Day One: Monday, 18 June 2018

8:00 am - 8:45 am Registration, refreshments and networking


Captain USCG (ret.) Phillip Heyl

Former Chief, Air and Maritime Security Programs and Maritime Advisor, IMO and US State Department, CEO
U.S. Africa Command, The Heyl Group

Countering transnational threats in West Africa by modernising police and armed forces

8:50 am - 9:00 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Establishing a national security strategy and implementation plan

Senior representative, Ministry of Interior,Ghana

Senior representative

Ministry of Interior

  • Plans to maintain and keep equipment operational and effective in combat situations
  • Reviewing strategies to recapitalise equipment, remanufacture, upgrade, and improve maintenance practices


Lt. Gen. Obed Boamah Akwa

Chief of Defence Staff
Ghana Armed Forces


Colonel Massina Yotrofei

Director General
Gendarmerie Nationale Togo


Mabo Olugbenga

Director of Operations and General Investigation
National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency

9:40 am - 10:00 am Modernising police forces

This session will highlight the $180 million procurement, as approved by the honourable President of Ghana, to be completed before August 2018

  • Critical modern equipment and gadgets to enhance capacity of law enforcement
  • Procuring specialised vehicles, armoured motorbikes and ammunition to strengthen counter insurgency operations
  • Procuring drones and helicopters to assist in combatting violent crime

10:00 am - 10:20 am Countering violent extremism across borders

Brig. Gen. Peter Nicholas Andoh, Director General Defence, Intelligence Agency,Ghana Armed Forces
  • Uncovering the breeding grounds of indoctrination
  • Determining the effective soft and hard power approaches to isolate threats
  • Increasing the capabilities of joint operations to eradicate insurgencies

Brig. Gen. Peter Nicholas Andoh

Director General Defence, Intelligence Agency
Ghana Armed Forces

10:20 am - 11:10 am Ribbon cutting ceremony by senior official from MOI Ghana followed by exhibition tour and networking coffee break

Senior officials, ,MOI Ghana

Senior officials

MOI Ghana

Improving the defence agility of West Africa’s armoured fleets

  • Facilitating efficient integration of government and civilian capabilities
  • Standardising resources, training and policies
  • Establishing the infrastructure and systems that securely support collective safeguarding

Osei Bonsu Dickson

Chief Legal Advisor & SGI National Coordinator National Security Council Secretariat
Office of the President, Ghana

Brig. Gen. NK Kporku

Director General Joint Operations
Ghana Armed Forces


Honourable Francis K Poku

Former Minister
Ministry of National Security, Ghana

Senior Representative

Ghana Police Service

Senior Representative

Ghana National Fire Service

Senior Representative

Ghana Immigration Service

11:50 am - 12:10 pm Integrating technology advances in vehicle designs for African operations

  • Gearing development, production and service activities to ensure the best possible protection for soldiers
  • Exploring future solutions for ammunition and maintenance of land systems and personnel carriers
  • Specialising equipment to fit within West African terrain

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Networking coffee break

Strengthening joint civil defence capabilities regionally

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Effective use of assets on joint infantry-mechanised missions

Abe Abe Max II, Commissioner, National Security Division,Cameroon Police
  • Improving sustained close combat land and marine operations
  • Combining mission efforts across civil service organisations
  • Overcoming challenges in capacity building for combined operations

Abe Abe Max II

Commissioner, National Security Division
Cameroon Police

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Avoiding escalations of violence during internal struggles

Colonel Massina Yotrofei, Director General,Gendarmerie Nationale Togo
  • Methods to best enforce law and order
  • Mobilising regional forces to handle enhanced free flow of goods and persons
  • Implementing the platforms to support integrated mobility

Colonel Massina Yotrofei

Director General
Gendarmerie Nationale Togo

Sponsored executive briefing: Armoured vehicle requirements in West Africa

This session will feature senior officials discussing the current and projected armoured vehicle requirements for the region’s law enforcement and armed forces

VIP discussion leaders:

Senior Representative

Ghana Police Service

Senior Representative

Ghana Prisons Service

Abe Abe Max II

Commissioner, National Security Division
Cameroon Police


Col Dieng Abdourahmane

Head, Regional Security Division
ECOWAS Commission

2:20 pm - 2:30 pm Chairman’s closing remarks

2:30 pm - 2:30 pm Executive lunch for VIPs, networking lunch and end of day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.