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Tanzanian Defence Minister Mwinyi to Open Upcoming Land Forces East Africa in Dar Es Salaam This Month

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 08, 2014 --( Tanzania’s Minister of Defence and National Service, the Honourable Dr Hussein Mwinyi, will open the upcoming Land Forces East Africa in Dar Es Salaam where more than 300 regional defence and military experts will gather to discuss security challenges facing the region. The Tanzanian People’s Defence Force is a key partner in the event that is taking place from 15-16 July.

“The governments in the region are eager to arm themselves, not just with knowledge but also with equipment to strengthen their defence infrastructure,” says Tracey-Lee Zurcher, event director of Land Forces East Africa. She adds: “with recent political turbulence and an increase in maritime piracy and rebel force activity surrounding East Africa, local armed forces are facing the need to rapidly increase landward defence and security capability as well as humanitarian support capacity.”

Zurcher continues: “Our flagship defence events, Land Forces Africa and Maritime Coastal Security Africa, have established a very specific need for similar high level, strategic and technical gatherings on a regional level. The Tanzania People’s Defence Force is specifically looking at procuring equipment but we are also proud to host militaries and government representatives from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi who will address key landward and maritime defence and security issues. Military experts from South Africa, Malawi, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Zambia have also been invited.”

Enormous opportunities for defence suppliers in East Africa
According to the Land Forces East Africa event director the East African region is becoming a focus area for the defence industry as “the region’s defence budgets have growing by an average of 13.6% per year, which is five times the industry average. Sub-Saharan Africa budgets rose by 18% in 2013 and defence spending among African nations is expected to surpass US$ 46 billion by 2018. All of which present enormous long-term opportunities to suppliers to the defence industry.”

The Land Forces East Africa and Maritime & Coastal Security Africa conference and exhibition will gather some 300 senior military officials, government stakeholders and industry experts in the defence and security space. On Tuesday 15 July, the conference will feature general sessions and discussions on security challenges, regional collaboration, capacity building as well as strategic planning. The second day, Wednesday 16 July, will offer separate sessions focused on either landward defence or maritime security.

The exhibition will feature more than 30 leading defence suppliers, including Denel, Otokar and Armscor, who is bringing ten South African defence and security companies to showcase their solutions to the East African market.

Land Forces East Africa conference highlights:
- Ministerial Address
The Honourable Dr Hussein Mwinyi, Minister of Defence and National Service, Ministry of Defence and National Service, Tanzania

- International economic interest in East Africa: Preparing for a changing threat environment
General Salim Mustafa Kijuu, Commander of Land Forces, Tanzania People’s Defence Force, Tanzania

- Successes and pitfalls of United Nations / African Union peacekeeping missions into East Africa: How UNAMID has been a successful collaboration between East African forces
Lieutenant General Paul Ignace Mella, Force Commander, UNAMID

- Promoting inclusiveness in regional integration between state and non-state actors in the East African Community
Didacus Bazirakye Kaguta, Senior Peace and Security Officer, East African Community

- Panel discussion:
How the EAC’s Peace and Security Protocol, aimed at improving security in the region, will change defence force collaboration in the region
Major General Salum Mustafa Kijuu, Army Commander, Tanzania People’s Defence Force
Major General David Muhoozi, Commander of Land Forces, Uganda People’s Defence Force
Major General Ngewa Mulaka, Chief of Naval Forces, Kenya Defence Force
Major General Joseph Ndayishimiye, Chief of Land Forces, Burundi

- Minimising acquisition, R&D and lifecycle costs through a SADC smart acquisition programme
Dawie Griesel, General Manager: Acquisitions, Armscor, South Africa

- Enhancing mobile surveillance at borders, entry and exit points to curb illicit activity in East Africa
Senior Representative, Otokar

Event dates and location:
Conference and expo: 15-16 July 2014
Location: Mlimani City Conference Centre, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Contact Information
Land Forces East Africa
Annemarie Roodbol

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