"A note to thank the entire GRV team and the support staff in Nairobi for a superb venue. The speed-dating concept is genius, so keep it up!" Troy Smith, Raytheon Blackbird Technologies
“Of all the events we attend, we found the matchmaking sessions the most rewarding as we had the opportunity to meet, network and exchange more than just business cards, it was very well organised. GRV staff were exceptionally professional and helpful to get us connected to more people” Gerald Mohrmann, Sat-Com (Pty) Ltd
“The event was very well organised in terms of topics, presentations and sessions as well as having the exhibition within the main hall. I have also to commend the organisers on the arrangement of the matchmaking meetings  which facilitated the interaction among participantsTarek Awaad, African Union Commission (AUC); Committee of Intelligence & Security Service of Africa (CISSA)
Thanks for the message and the opportunity you and your colleagues at GRV Global gave to COMESA to participate in the second Annual Security Symposium. COMESA benefitted immensely from the interaction with the various delegates and presentations made as well as ideas shared. On behalf of COMESA, we will follow up on some of the agreed collaborative ventures with a number of delegates during the match-making sessions. Raymond Kitevu Conflict Early Warning Expert - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat  
 
Africa Security Symposium III
27th - 28th November, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
 
In its third year, GRV Global are proud to present the Africa Security Symposium; a two day high-level event being held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 27th-28th November. An opportunity like no other!
 
A unique platform welcoming senior government and agency officials, NGOs, prime and subcontractors, buyers, suppliers and key decision-makers, for presentations and bilateral discussions, an exhibition, social networking, and pre-scheduled matchmaking meetings... the focus is on personable engagement ‘bringing you closer’.
 
 
 Rt Hon. Ali Mohamed Gedi, Former Prime Minister of Somlalia
 
 
 Hon. Col. Charles Okella-Engola, Minister of State for Defence of Uganda
 
 
 MG Salihu Zaway Uba, UNMIL Force Commander
Building on the successes seen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2016) and Nairobi, Kenya (2017), the Africa Security Symposium will once again welcome Police Forces and Ministers of Defence & Interior from across the continent alongside the likes of the African Union Commission's (AUC) Peace & Security Dept., U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), NATO HQ, USAID, the U.S. Naval Forces Europe & Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet, INTERPOL, EUNAVFOR, the AUC's Committee of Intelligence & Security Service of Africa (CISSA), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), COMESA Secretariat, EASF Secretariat, IGAD Security Sector Program (ISSP), United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), World Food Programme (WFP), UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) and many more.
Why Cote d'Ivoire
1)  The UN Security Council has voted to lift remaining sanctions on Cote d’Ivoire. The decision signals the West African country is on the right track, following years of instability. About 6,000 UN peacekeepers and international police will leave Cote d’Ivoire over the next few months and the UN peacekeeping mission will officially close after 14 years in the country. The Security Council also voted to immediately lift an arms embargo as well as travel bans and asset freezes on several individuals. This is a success story that can be replicated throughout Africa and the country military modernization and security reforms.
2)  Côte d’Ivoire is the the largest marketplace in Francophone Africa. Robust growth is driven by public and private infrastructure investment.
3)  Since the business environment earned IMF praise, Côte d’Ivoire is also becoming very attractive for foreign direct investment.
4)  The country is well connected with over 22 million mobile users and close to 6 million internet aficionados in terms of population.
Why 27th - 28th November in Abidjan?
The 5th EU-Africa Summit is scheduled to take place in Abidjan, on 28-29 November 2017. This prestigious event will attract security experts from 8 regional communities and be represented by the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security and his team. Many of these senior security personnel will be staying a further two days to attend ASEC.
Format 
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have long been considered the driving force for growth across the developing world but in particular, Africa. The emphasis of the Africa Security Symposium's format is on direct engagement! 
 
  •  Formal addresses & discussion panels; new-to-market programme details, announcing large-scale opportunities, defence and security strategy discussion
  •  Varied topics; capacity building, resilience, support operations, reconstruction, infrastructure and communications, border management, advanced technologies, counter-terrorism, and post-operational challenges such as food security, disaster management, displaced citizens, health and in particular logistics solutions
  •  Global audience of security experts, peace agencies, and local, regional & international operators
  •  A solutions exhibition; present your expertise and technology in-person
  •  Networking and social functions; mingle, discuss and create lasting relationships
  •  Pre-scheduled matchmaking meetings; one-to-one time with the event’s delegation of officials
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    Attending the Africa Security Symposium not only gives you the opportunity to hear first-hand from the continent’s leading intelligence and peace support officials but, you are able to engage participants personally – matchmaking meetings, displays and demonstrations, and ample time for networking with like-minded peers and colleagues.
     
    To find out more and to discuss your participation in this important event, please call +44 20 3817 5348 or email info@grvglobal.com.
     
    We look forward to welcoming you in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 27th - 28th November.