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Combating Maritime Crime off Africa


First International Workshop on Combating Transnational Threats

Combating Transnational Maritime Threats off Africa - through Collaborative Efforts in Policy Making, Law Enforcement, and Capacity Building

Jointly presented by

Security Institute for Governance and Leadership (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) International Counterproliferation Program (ICP) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in cooperation with the US Embassy, South Africa

Protea Hotel, Techno Park, Stellenbosch

3-5 May 2017

The importance of the Blue Economy for African countries contends with a rapid rise in Transnational Organised Crime activities perpetrated by dangerous international criminal organisations. Current threats at sea reside alongside practices tied into aspects of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and generally a deterioration of order at sea. Africa stands at the cross-roads of exploiting what its blue economy offers by beating back maritime crime and the threats that feed off radicalization and governmental weaknesses.

Cooperation forms a grounding and prerequisite to address contemporary maritime crime. Africa is no exception and in this vein NCIS and DTRA (USA) and SIGLA (Stellenbosch University) partnered to set up a learning opportunity for decision-makers entrusted with preventing and resolving maritime threats and vulnerabilities through policy-making, law enforcement and capacity building. The workshop is aimed at middle to senior level officials of maritime and related agencies involved in mitigating maritime crime off Africa.

The workshop aims to update delegates on the diversity of maritime crime off Africa, expose them to the interface between cooperation, awareness, early warning and good governance, and have them participate in a take-away activity framing their most important learning experiences. The latter activity includes suggestions on how to proceed in building a common and cooperative African body of institutions and officials that understand and are able to play lead roles in the mitigation of criminal threats at and from the sea.

NOTE: Next update 2 May 2017

Dress: Day 1: Jacket & tie, days 2&3 smart casual.

Wine Tasting : 3 May 2017 at Spier Estate: Dress casual

Dinner : 4 May 2017 Jacket & tie.

Venue: Protea Inn Hotel Stellenbosch 

Programme 2 May

Bios & Abstracts 2 May

Maritime Review Africa Report

Weather for Stellenbosch

Shuttle at Cape Town Airport: Please look for Maritime Conference/Workshop or Protea Hotel signage if Oana did your T&A arrangments.

Click here for Conference Photos

Workshop 1

Workshop 2


Prof Francois Vreÿ

SIGLA (Stellenbosch University)

General enquiries re accommodation & travel: Maj A. Millar [US Army]

Bookings Agent and contact : Oana Critescu