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International defence companies have targeting African security markets as military spending in Africa exceed $20 billion in the next ten years. The Africa Security and Counter-Terrorism Summit, on 27-28 February, will assess the latest strategies, solutions and technologies in the security and counter-terrorism sectors.

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The recent energy boom in Africa has been one of the main contributors to a huge increase in military spending in the region. International defence companies have, consequently, begun targeting Africa markets, as the US and European defence markets suffer from drastic spending companies.

According to UPI, the current hot spots are the Horn of Africa, the oil-rich Mediterranean belt and the Sahel region in the North. Former Zimbabwean Army Officer, Col. Joseph Sibanda, singled out Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya as the key areas to focus on. The recent spate of terrorist attacks in countries such as Kenya and Nigeria illustrate the need for a discussion of the latest strategies and technologies to combat security issues and terrorism, and have encouraged countries such as Ghana to adopt a more vigorous stance against security issues.

It has long been argued that instability hinders Africa's continued successful development. Civil war, terrorism and state collapse are rarely confined to state borders. Somalia's security problems often catch neighbouring Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya in “a complex political game of containment and unresolved history."

It is clear that security issues and terrorism can only be fought when tackled on several fronts, using the latest technology, strategies and solutions. The Africa Security and Counter-Terrorism Summit, on 27-28 February, will assess the latest strategies, solutions and technologies in the security and counter-terrorism sectors. The Summit will bring together the key decision makers from across Africa, including Ministers of Defence from across Africa, Ministers of the Interior, Police Commissioners, Military & Navy personnel, border agency representatives, heads of airport security, and many other key industry figures from across Africa and the globe, to network over the 2 days and discuss the development and future plans of the Africa Security industry and counter-terrorism. The multi-streamed Summit will address the sector's most topical issues such as Africa in the Global Security Context; The Threat Posed by Religious Extremist Groups; The Current State of Piracy and Counter-Piracy Response in East Africa; Military Communications Technology Overview and the Protection of Oil and Gas Pipelines in Africa.

Delegates will also have the chance to attend a networking \evening, and 40 booth interactive exhibitions, all in the comfort of the five-star venue in London. A business matchmaking service will also be on offer to arrange one-on-one meetings between delegates.

Chilika Simfukwe, Head of Regional Bureau, INTERPOL; Ricardo Baron Baretzky, President, The European Centre for Information Policy and Security (ECIPS); Alex Vines, OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head of Africa Programme, Chatham House; Abiola Abimbola-Sulaiman, Security Manager, West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited; Chris Okonkwo Jnr, Security Liaison Officer, Transocean; Samuel Linares, Director, Industrial Cybersecurity Centre; and Sergei Boeke, Research Fellow, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, are just some of the experts that will be speaking at the event.

To register of for further information on the Africa Security and Counter-Terrorism Summit 2014 on 27-28 February in London, please contact: charlotte(at)oliverkinross(dot)com.

For speaker opportunities, please contact abigail(at)oliverkinross(dot)com.

Notes to Editors:
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Oliver Kinross is an internationally operating business research organisation.

Oliver Kinross was founded in January 2008 with the aim of delivering high quality training, business intelligence and networking opportunities for industry. This is achieved through a series of conferences, summits, exhibitions and training workshops attended by many of the world’s largest organisations. The main industries in which Oliver Kinross operates are European Energy Trading, Cyber Security, Africa, Oil & Gas Exploration & Production, Smart Energy, International Development & Infrastructure.

Since 2008 Oliver Kinross has achieved a track record of running successful market leading events and has achieved consistent year-on-year growth. It attributes this success to a combination of factors, including the pursuit of running events in the world’s fastest growth & frontier markets, a commitment to ensuring all events are of the highest quality, and a belief that its staff are its greatest asset.

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