Wednesday, 7 May 2014

NAVAL FORCES Lands in West Africa

As the Official International Naval Media Partner of Maritime & Coastal Security West Africa (Accra: 19-21 November 2014) we are providing the following news digest in cooperation with "MCSA" West Africa.  For more info on this event, contact Taryn van Santen ( or Carly Ballan ( Please refer to NAVAL FORCES Magazine or teh Mönch Publishing Group when making enquiries about these events.

 Please refer to NAVAL FORCES issue II/2014 for the most recent analysis, information and news for the Naval Defence and Maritime Security space.

In the meantime,  NAVAL FORCES III/2014 will have bonus distribution at some of the most significant expositions in the Northern Hemisphere.

East Africa: Regional security chiefs put terror groups on notice
Terrorist groups in the region have been put on notice as the region brings closer the date for putting in place a standby force expected to be in place by December. The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) had earlier been planned to be operational in December 2015, according to a road map drawn by the African Union.

UN calls for South Sudan massacre investigation
The United Nations Security Council has asked for an urgent investigation into the ethnic massacre of hundreds of people in South Sudan's oil hub Bentiu and expressed its willingness to “take additional measures” if there are more attacks on civilians.

SPLM-N announce deal to negotiate framework agreement as Sudan says rebels wasting time
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) announced that they have agreed to negotiate a framework agreement with the Sudanese government, while the latter described the move negatively as “a return to zero point”.

EAC leaders to convene over South Sudan
Faced with a never-ending conflict in South Sudan, Heads of State in the East Africa Community bloc have this week summoned an extra-ordinary summit in Arusha-Tanzania on Wednesday.

Maritime security issues in East Africa to be discussed at MCSA in Tanzania!
Maritime piracy is still a major issue in East Africa and military forces across the board are making a concerted effort to up-skill and build capacity for maritime, air and landward forces.

Kenyan president says Tourism Sector 'on its knees' after attacks
Kenya's vital tourism sector is "on its knees" after attacks by al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants carried out in retaliation for its intervention in neighboring Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday.

Ghana Police increase public protection
Ghana parliamentarians have asked the police to increase protection for legislators and the population after expressing concern about the recent surge in unsolved murders in the country, especially in the capital, Accra and surrounding areas.

Troops blow up bombers in north Nigeria, 21 dead
Multiple explosions blasted near an oil depot outside the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Tuesday and the military said soldiers blew up three vehicles laden with explosives. A fourth vehicle exploded, apparently set off by a suicide bomber.

East Africa's great new oil game
The eruption of fighting in South Sudan brought East Africa's political crises into sharp focus at a time of optimism about the region's economic take-off. Undaunted, analysts point to fast-improving transport links and new oil and gas discoveries. Read more
Africa: Towards a Euro-African alliance for peace, security and development
An idea to develop a new impetus in Africa-Europe relations on the eve of the 4th EU-Africa Summit

Kenyatta urges EAC to prioritize security, review Treaty
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday urged the EAC member states to prioritize cooperation in defence and security sectors. Kenyatta told the East African Legislative Assembly in Arusha that terrorism remains a serious security threat to the Community. Read more

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