Mönch magazine SAFETY & SECURITY INTERNATIONAL (S&SI) is supporting the fifth edition of SHIELDAFRICA - International Security and Defence Exhibition in d’Abidjan of the Côte d’Ivoire, from 22 to 24 January 2019. SHIELDAFRICA aptly takes place at Ecole de Police.
As in years past, this year’s SHIELDAFRICA is sponsored by the Ministry of the Interior and Security of Côte d'Ivoire and organised by the Côte d’Ivoire company COGES Africa – sister company to the Paris-based successful conference and exposition organiser COGES, which many Mönch reader will know from its world leading land and airland defence and security exhibition Eurosatory, the “must participate in” biennial expositions.
According to COGES Africa, SHIELDAFRICA is the African Security and Defence event that addresses land-sea-air solutions to protect Africa's development, ensure necessary security that allows economic development to flourish. This means that restoring and maintaining peace, preventing and combating natural and industrial disasters, and ensuring the safety of cities and communities, leads to the development and greater stability enjoyed in other parts of the world.
Security and Defence actors from public and private sectors throughout the African continent meet at the SHIELDAFRICA to investigate solutions and share best practice strategies. Moreover, the industry from around the world showcases equipment, services and innovative solutions tailored to Africa’s varied - and yet common - needs. The greatest common challenge is securing the current porous national boundaries against violence and exploitation.
S&SI Magazine agrees with SHIELDAFRICA over the issue of national borders being more than a sovereignty challenge. It is an issue of stability, polity and economy too. African countries beset by highly mobile combative insurgents, trafficking of contraband, and wandering unskilled economic migrants feel significant pressures on their resources, preventing stability and growth. New solutions, strategies and cooperation is necessary to re-establish public order, maintain stability and encourage economic and social development.
As described previously in S&SI magazine, a strong Africa in a globalised world requires borders that are safe and controlled by modern technologies, appropriate doctrine and proven equipment. When secured, then the land, sea and air borders can actually become dynamic areas of exchange allowing the managed mobility of people and the transit of authorised goods and services that contribute to generating regional wealth and environmental balance.
As a leading media partner for SHIELDAFRICA, S&SI magazine and the Mönch Online News Channel (MONCh) will dedicate coverage to SHIELDAFRICA’s theme for 2019: "Secured and Controlled Land, Sea and Air Borders - Conditions for the Development of Africa".