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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gambia to Host Africa Security Awards

Patrick Agbambu
The Gambia will for the first time host the Security Watch Africa annual awards and lectures scheduled for 13 and 14 October, 2011 at Sheraton Resort and Spa in Brufut.
“The choice for The Gambia is a reflection of the commitment to peace and security by the government,” said Patrick Agbambu, the Chief Executive Officer and the International Coordinator of SWAA.
Agbambu, who was addressing a news conference at Sheraton on Monday said, The Gambia has become a pride of the West Africa sub-region as it remains the most peaceful and secure.
“The hosting of these events in The Gambia is in support of the good works and steadfastness to development by the government,” said Agbambu.
Introduced in 2004 by Security Watch Africa, Security Watch Africa Awards annually honor individuals, governments, agencies, brands and companies who have excelled in security administration, practice and governance in Africa. The lectures, which was introduced in 2005 identifies security problems affecting Africa and her people, discuss these problems and proffer actionable solutions.“The challenge of security in our continent is taking a delicate dimension and the rate of development will continue to be retarded if concerted efforts are not taken to checkmate the trend,” said Mr Agbambu pointed out the ongoing turmoil in Egypt and Libya, the famine in Somalia and bombings in Nigeria as some of the security challenges facing the continent.
This year’s event will be held under the theme: Security and infrastructure: Can Africa get it Right? It is expected to raw from the wealth of experience of security decision makers and professionals, both within and outside the continent to facilitate the lectures, making it an opportunity for new discoveries to the attendees.

The two day event will be attended by a confirmed list of dignitaries from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Kenya, Senegal, Cote D’ivoire, Tanzania, the Gambia and Mozambique, CEO Agbambu assured.
Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa are countries that have so far hosted the international event.
Hosting the event will offers, The Gambia, who prides itself as Smiling Coast of Africa, an opportunity to be added into the map of friendly and receptive destinations in Africa, among other benefits, said Agbambu.
Speakers at the event will include Gambian president Yahya Jammeh, Ambassador Victor James, president of ECOWAS Commission, Gambian Interior minister, among others from Namibia, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
Forty-five awards will be handed out for excellence in leadership, governance, security, safety and business in Africa.
Author: Abdoulie Nget

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