Abu Dhabi, 22nd May 2009 Abu Dhabi will host the biggest ever highest level maritime security conference from 25th to 26th May 2009. The conference will be held by the Navies of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and French Republic at the Armed Forces Officers’ Club in Abu Dhabi.
The conference is being organised by the Institute of Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA’), Conference will be convened under the joint presidential patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Excellency Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic.
UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his French counterpart H.E Bernard Kouchner will be the keynote speakers at the opening session.
The strategic maritime security conference will gather dozens of military leaders and security experts from around the world in addition to over 500 VIP guests that will be invited from around the GCC region and other sisterly and friendly countries to attend, including many Government Ministers, Chiefs of Staff, and Naval Commanders.
The Maritime Security Cooperation Conference will have morning plenary sessions and afternoon working groups that would tackle various issues related to regional maritime security, including strategic multinational cooperation, the challenges of meeting current and future threats, and new technologies to bolster capabilities.
Other key areas to be discussed at the two-day event include terrorism and asymmetric threats, combating piracy and other illegal activities, responding to environmental disasters, disaster relief operations, the role international organizations, and the role of industry in meeting future capability requirements.
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