The fifth edition of the ShieldAfrica defence exhibition has just closed its doors in Cote d’Ivoire after recording 143 exhibitors from 29 countries.
The event saw more than 3 650 professional visitors and 67 journalists participating in the trade fair, organisers said.
International participants included companies from Bulgaria, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Israel, as well as companies from China, Kazakhstan, Turkey and the United States. Four national pavilions were opened this year: Belarus, Bulgaria, France and South Africa.
This edition also was marked by significant growth in high-level visitor numbers: more than 3,500 professional visitors came to the trade fair including 65 official delegations from 29 countries representing 129 delegates. ShieldAfrica also hosted 9 ministers and deputy ministers, 10 army chiefs of staff and four special representatives of defence ministers, ministers of the interior and five directors general of customs or border protection.
Live demonstrations, with the participation of the Special Forces, Police Research and Assistance Force and the Intervention Unit of the National Gendarmerie of Cote d’Ivoire as well as of the French Special Forces were a real success, highlighting the know-how of these units before many officials, organisers said.
On the eve of the trade fair, an international conference was held on 21 January on the theme of border security. This event brought together institutional and private decision-makers, researchers, industry, and media to identify and to respond to the threats to ensure a more sustainable future of the continent.
The sixth edition of ShieldAfrica will be held from 25 to 28 January 2021.