Draft Agenda
Tuesday 06 October
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Context
The Africa Security Symposium (ASEC2020) ‘Virtual Event’ provides participants with all the benefits of an international conference without the travel. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact and network on our virtual platform, whilst accessing our pre-recorded high-level panel sessions featuring some of the security industry’s leading stakeholders*. Using the latest technology, you will be able to interact at virtual booths, submit questions to our panellists (before & during), and take part in pre- scheduled 1-2-1 meetings across the two days in private breakout rooms.
* This is a draft working agenda with timings, representatives etc. subject to change. Each themed panel will consist of a Chair and 4 panellists.
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Opening Ceremony
Welcoming remarks from GRV Global, Supporting Partners and the ASEC2020 Conference Chair.
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Opening Keynote Address
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Panel 1: Policing the Community (60mins)
COVID-19 has expanded the scope of duties for the national police force, including restricting free movement to prevent the congestion of prominent areas. However, this has been met with resistance in some countries which have battled to regulate neighbourhoods to maintain peace and safety. Arguably, this disruption creates potential for terrorist groups to embed into communities and exploit vulnerabilities by filling inevitable voids. The panel will discuss how the police service can best provide protection and encourage community vigilance.
 
Each discussion panel will conclude with 10 minutes of pre-submitted questions from ASEC2020 participants. Additionally, questions may be submitted by 4:30pm EAT with follow-up Q&A recordings posted at the end of the day.
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Panel 2: Border Control & Surveillance - Clearing the Path to Access (60mins)
This panel will look at the effects of worldwide border closures as popular transit routes throughout sub-Saharan Africa are blocked. This has hindered the delivery of humanitarian goods and demining projects. Whilst initiatives in route clearance have played a vital role in providing safe areas for communities to rebuild, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated risks in clearing the final miles and highlighted transportation challenges. Furthermore, building upon ASEC2019 discussions, panellists will assess the implications of an undocumented economy and the absence of a centralised database, further considering the far-reaching consequences in tracing the spread of the disease in Africa’s porous borders.
 
Each discussion panel will conclude with 10 minutes of pre-submitted questions from ASEC2020 participants. Additionally, questions may be submitted by 4:30pm EAT with follow-up Q&A recordings posted at the end of the day.
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the 2-day event, breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged (during September) to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions for the continent.
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Keynote Address
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Panel 3: Communication & Cyber Security (60mins)
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we demand more of technology to navigate a ‘new normal’. Almost overnight, the world was forced to rely on, and embrace technology and focus on solution-based strategies to protect emergency services and personal security. This session will explore these tech solutions and consider the wider implications for security, as governments implement ‘track and tracing’ initiatives that rely on real-time analysis. Panellists will also discuss the greater cooperation required between intelligence organisations, and potential vulnerabilities with increased ransomware and phishing demands as society is forced to coordinate remotely. 
 
Each discussion panel will conclude with 10 minutes of pre-submitted questions from ASEC2020 participants. Additionally, questions may be submitted by 4:30pm EAT with follow-up Q&A recordings posted at the end of the day.
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the 2-day event, breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged (during September) to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions for the continent.
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Networking Lunch Break - Virtual Booths
Take a break whilst visiting the full range of ASEC2020 virtual booths. Speakers and event Sponsors host personalised booths for you to explore; you can chat online, hold video calls and obtain e-takeaways.
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Panel 4: Counterterrorism - Solidarity in the Sahel (60mins)
As the pandemic maintains its grip on the world, countries in the Sahel face a more imminent threat from terrorist groups in the region, with more frequent attacks. In the last year, the UN recorded over 4000 deaths in the Sahel region, with Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso being the most affected. Despite a myriad of operations to sedate the region, the direction to peace remains unclear. The organisations directly involved in the conflicts will have the opportunity to share areas for support and collaboration that can better combat the struggle against the terrorist groups. 
 
Each discussion panel will conclude with 10 minutes of pre-submitted questions from ASEC2020 participants. Additionally, questions may be submitted by 4:30pm EAT with follow-up Q&A recordings posted at the end of the day.
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Keynote Address
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Panel 5: Health Security (60mins)
African governments made swift efforts to lock-down their economies quicker than their western counterparts due to the pervasive vulnerability of healthcare systems throughout the region. Whilst the continent should be commended for their rapid action, many questions remain unanswered.
  • How will countries be able to afford the personal protective equipment (PPE) should cases continue to rise?
  • To what extent can we rely on the reported statistics?
  • What infrastructure projects should be considered in building a stronger system moving forward? 
Each discussion panel will conclude with 10 minutes of pre-submitted questions from ASEC2020 participants. Additionally, questions may be submitted by 4:30pm EAT with follow-up Q&A recordings posted at the end of the day.
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the 2-day event, breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged (during September) to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions for the continent.
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Q&A Session: Panels 1 to 3
Having had an opportunity to view all of day one's pre-recorded discussion panels, participants are able to submit questions throughout the day for this specially recorded Q&A session (covering panels 1 to 3), rounding-off day one of ASEC2020.
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Q&A Session: Panels 4 and 5
Having had an opportunity to view all of day one's pre-recorded discussion panels, participants are able to submit questions throughout the day for this specially recorded Q&A session (covering panels 4 and 5), rounding-off day one of ASEC2020.
Wednesday 07 October
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Day Two Welcoming Remarks
Welcoming remarks from the ASEC2020 Conference Chair; a recap of day one and look ahead to day two's discussions.
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Panel 6: Leading from the Front - A Military Discussion (60mins)
Individual case studies looking at the challenges countries face, and their approach to enforcing security measures. Countries will include Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Zambia, Sierra Leone and others. 
 
Each discussion panel will conclude with 10 minutes of pre-submitted questions from ASEC2020 participants. Additionally, questions may be submitted by 4:30pm EAT with follow-up Q&A recordings posted at the end of the day.
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Keynote Address
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Panel 7: Logistics & Supply Chain Management - Delivering Support (60mins)
Recent Ebola outbreaks have provided lessons on access, particularly in remote areas. This includes the need for regional logistic allies that can quickly react in times of crisis and provide a framework for long-term access. The current crisis has demonstrated the ongoing challenges in supply chain resilience, as some critical production and distribution lines are halted, and manufacturers struggled to meet demand. This panel will therefore look at pre-existing collaborations that have had positive ramifications in times of crisis and will discuss the strategies to mitigate supply chain disruption and encourage readiness and effective risk management. 
 
Each discussion panel will conclude with 10 minutes of pre-submitted questions from ASEC2020 participants. Additionally, questions may be submitted by 4:30pm EAT with follow-up Q&A recordings posted at the end of the day.
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the 2-day event, breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged (during September) to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions for the continent.
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Panel 8: Peace Support Operations - The Rights of the Displaced (60mins)
In an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, thousands of migrants remain displaced in addition to those that have been forced to flee in light of conflict in their region. Additional prevalent issues include migrant smuggling and human trafficking which continue to strain the socioeconomic factors of nations bearing the burden of the outpouring of migrants. Panellists will explore the opportunities for geo-locating technology and strategies to ease the pressure on neighbouring countries by addressing the root needs within the communities. 
 
Each discussion panel will conclude with 10 minutes of pre-submitted questions from ASEC2020 participants. Additionally, questions may be submitted by 4:30pm EAT with follow-up Q&A recordings posted at the end of the day.
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Networking Lunch Break - Virtual Booths
Take a break whilst visiting the full range of ASEC2020 virtual booths. Speakers and event Sponsors host personalised booths for you to explore; you can chat online, hold video calls and obtain e-takeaways.
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Keynote Address
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Panel 9: Financial Insecurity (60mins)
COVID-19 has halted the global economy which has had a disproportionate effect on African nations. They have seen their markets contract, as they tread the precarious line between health guidelines and a potential crippling recession. Recently, there has been bold steps for greater intercontinental reliance as the region weans off aid and looks to develop more intracontinental support. However, the questions remain on:
  • How the region will cope in these unprecedented times?
  • Will a failed economy exacerbate the security situation as crime likely increases as a result?
Each discussion panel will conclude with 10 minutes of pre-submitted questions from ASEC2020 participants. Additionally, questions may be submitted by 4:30pm EAT with follow-up Q&A recordings posted at the end of the day.
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the 2-day event, breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, U.S., UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged (during September) to provide a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable security and peacekeeping solutions for the continent.
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Q&A Session: Panels 6 and 7
Having had an opportunity to view all of day two's pre-recorded discussion panels, participants are able to submit questions throughout the day for this specially recorded Q&A session (covering panels 6 and 7), rounding-off day one of ASEC2020.
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Q&A Session: Panels 8 and 9
Having had an opportunity to view all of day two's pre-recorded discussion panels, participants are able to submit questions throughout the day for this specially recorded Q&A session (covering panels 8 and 9), rounding-off day one of ASEC2020.
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Closing Ceremony
Closing remarks and thanks from GRV Global, Supporting Partners and the ASEC2020 Conference Chair.