Testimonials - 2019
 
"The symposium is absolutely interesting and informative. An excellent platform for discussing and addressing security challenges in Africa, and imperatively provided the participants the opportunity to network and collaborate in our efforts to combat transnational crimes, terrorism, etc. an excellent display of equipment, services required in such undertakings." Sambujang Fatty – United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
“This was my first GRV Global event. It was highly recommended and I was not disappointed. It was extremely well ran, full of good speakers and the tables were excellent opportunities to speak to the people who count. Thank you.” Nick Weller - Pearson Engineering 
"Great opportunity to meet organisations involved in the same regional issues. Great diversity of topic and participants." Mark Connelly – United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) 
 

Chair's Welcome

Invited guests and delegates,
 
It is with great pleasure that on behalf of GRV Global and the esteemed sponsors, I welcome you to the 2020 Africa Security Symposium (ASEC2020) taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
 
This is the second event in the series of merged symposia of the West and East African sub-regions, which is aimed at galvanising and promoting greater cross-border security cooperation and collaboration. While the Symposium comes at a time when the UN enters a milestone of its 75th anniversary in international peace and security, peaceful coexistence in Africa is still a challenge. Hence, out of the 13 UN peacekeeping operations worldwide, seven are deployed in Africa trying to resolve conflict and enhance peace. The Global Peace Index Report (2019), further observes that tensions, conflicts and crises in Africa that emerged in the past decade remain mostly unresolved, and these challenges have pushed several African nations to be among the least peaceful countries in the world with regards to safety and security.
 
As the socioeconomic and political challenges of conflict and violence stare Africa in the face, there is the need to develop a new conceptual understanding of peace and the causal factors that would enhance stability and security on the continent. Little wonder the ASEC2020 program was tailored to seek possible new approaches to the lingering complex security dilemma and to suggest probable long-term peace and security to the continent of Africa.  
 
Looking at the topics for presentation and the caliber of speakers and participants, I do not doubt that by the end of the Symposium, a far-reaching new approach to enhance peace, security and stability in a challenging African environment would be proffered. We, therefore, seek your commitments to discuss the presentations fruitfully, engage in the panel schedules and participate in matchmaking meetings with industry stakeholders to advance the set objectives of the Symposium.
 
Finally, I thank GRV Global, sponsors, and participants, for giving me the honour to chair the Symposium and for coming together to examine the security issues in Africa. We hope that you will passionately enjoy the merged ASEC2020 event this year.
 
Thank you and remain blessed.
 
MG Salihu Zaway Uba (Ret.)
ASEC2020 Conference Chair