Debating Security Issues in Africa – Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on 13th and 14th Sep, 2012

Security is at the core of many challenges for vital thriving and investments which African countries are still facing today. That is why Usalama ni Harambee – the Africa Forum on Business and Security will bring together international political figures, business leaders, security professionals, NGOs and academics to provide the platform for a major dialogue about modern security and its implications for commerce, industry and investment in Africa.

The two-day conference will take place at the LAICO Regency Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on the 13th and 14th of September 2012.

The following topics from the Conference Agenda will be open for debate and vivid discussions:

  • The New Security Environment and the Impact of a Lack of Security on African Economies
  • Africa’s Private Security Sector: Perspectives, Problems, and Potential
  • Resilience and Response
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture, Environment, Food, and Water
  • Information and Communications Security
  • Trade, Transport, and Maritime Security
  • Resource Security – Energy, Mining and Minerals
  • Security, Investment, and Finance: Making Africa Safe for Business
  • Education, Training, and Skills
  • Tackling Persistent Problems and Changing Perceptions

Some of the key questions are:

What does the private security sector contribute to Africa’s economies?
How well equipped are African governments, economies and businesses to deal with emergency situations?
How can we assure our visitors and grow Africa’s tourism industry?
How can we protect and develop energy assets for the benefit of Africans?
What lessons does the security sector have to teach us?

Keynote speakers will be (amongst others):

Anne Ngugi from the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)

HE Hon. Pierre Mabiala – the Minister of Land Affairs and Public Property in the Republic of the Congo

Dr Auma Obama – Founder & Chair of the Sauti Kuu Foundation and

General Cheikh Sène from the Brigade of Gendarmes in the Republic of Senegal.

>> Explore the complete list of confirmed keynote speakers.

This new initiative was launched by The New Security Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Kenya.

For tweets on news and updates follow @usalamaafrica

For more detailed information about the event, please contact:

Isaac Kimani (Bertolli and Associates PR consultants) in Nairobi, Kenya – Tel: +254-020-2518197 – Email:

Businesses wanting to take part in the Forum should contact Anna Shigwedha at



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