CONSTANTLY GROWING EXHIBITION
ShieldAfrica is an exhibition designed by African people and tailored to meet the continent’s security challenges. ShieldAfrica has attracted great interest from institutional and private players since it was first held in 2013 in Abidjan.
- The first exhibition, from 26 to 28 May 2013 at the Port-Bouët charter airport in Abidjan on the theme of “Human Trafficking” attracted 35 exhibitors and 1,500 visitors, including 11 African ministerial delegations.
- The second exhibition, from 6 to 8 May 2014 at the Abidjan Police Academy on the theme of “Piracy at sea” was attended by 56 exhibitors and 2,500 visitors including 19 African ministerial delegations.
- The third exhibition, from 19 to 21 May 2015 in Libreville, Gabon, on the theme of “Cyber warfare and cyber security” drew 45 exhibitors and 2,000 visitors including 13 African ministerial delegations.
In 2015, COGES Africa partnered up with “Compétences” to help develop ShieldAfrica by providing the expertise and know-how of Eurosatory, the leading land and air-land Defence and Security exhibition. The exhibition returned to Abidjan and became a biennial event.
In 2017, ShieldAfrica brought together 133 exhibitors from 25 different countries, and more than 3,200 professional visitors, including 595 members of African Security Forces and Armed Forces. The event was covered by 43 journalists and 15 media partners. The Sponsor of ShieldAfrica 2017, Mr Hamed Bakayoko, then Minister of State, Minister of the Interior and Security, opened the exhibition at the Policy Academy.
The day before the exhibition opened, a ShieldAfrica international conference was held on the topic “Africa: Towards an integrated approach to protecting our development”. Sponsored by Mr Alain-Richard Donwahi, then Minister to the Ivorian President in charge of Defence, it was attended by 500 top-level participants including the members of fifty African official delegations who also attended the exhibition.