3rd Africa Airforce Forum

HOSTED BY

NIGERIAN AIR FORCE AT 60: LEVERAGING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN AEROSPACE INNOVATIONS FOR REGIONAL SECURITY

Air Marshal HB Abubakar

Chief of the Air Staff
Nigerian Air Force

WELCOME MESSAGE

To all Participants,

I, on behalf of officers, airmen/airwomen and civilian staff of Nigerian Air Force, have the honour to warmly welcome you to the Third Edition of the African Air Forces Forum. This year’s edition coincides with the momentous Sixtieth Anniversary celebration of the Nigerian Air Force. These historic events will attract several Chiefs of Air Staff and many aerospace industry leaders from across the world. The Conference and Exhibition of the Third Air Forces Forum will hold in Abuja, Nigeria from 23 to 24 May 2024 while the Ceremonial Parade and Air Show will take place in Kaduna, Nigeria on 25 May 2024. To you our dear guests, we are highly delighted to host you.

The theme, “Nigerian Air Force at 60: Leveraging Strategic Partnerships in Aerospace Innovations for Regional Security” was carefully selected to afford us the opportunity to collaborate and tap into the innovation potentials of the ever-evolving aerospace industry for enhanced national and regional security. The Third Edition of the African Air Force Forum will feature conference, discussions and international exhibition that will showcase the latest equipment and solutions that will contribute to enhanced security in the continent. The event will also feature multidisciplinary discussions and aviation demonstrations, which makes it one of the foremost gatherings of air forces, aviation authorities and key solution providers in Africa.

We sincerely look forward to welcoming you to this all important event.

EVENT OVERVIEW

Following the huge success of the first two editions, 3rd Africa Air Force Forum returns on the 23 – 25 May 2024 in Nigeria, hosted by the Nigerian Air Force. This edition of the Forum coincides with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 60th anniversary celebrations and will honor its history and accomplishments. This milestone stands as a tribute to the commitment of the air force in safeguarding Nigeria’s sovereignty, ensuring national security, and contributing to peacekeeping missions both regionally and globally. The forum will be marked by a series of events, including a conference and exhibition, parades, air shows and ceremonial fly-pasts.

This edition of the forum is hosted under the theme Nigerian Air Force at 60: Leveraging Strategic Partnerships in Aerospace Innovations for Regional Security; and shall highlight the continuous advancement of air force capabilities, technological innovations, and strategic developments that contribute to enhancing Africa’s aerial defense and peacekeeping capabilities. The forum will emphasize on the importance of unity and collaboration among African nations in leveraging airpower capabilities to promote stability and to shape the development of air forces on the continent more broadly.
The forum serves as a regional platform for advancing air force capabilities and building pillars of bilateral partnerships. With the key motive of accelerating air force superiority, we bring to you a variety of discussions on the prospects of air power in Africa, its impact on internal security operations, importance of air force in counter-terror operations, along with a showcase of key technology capabilities required to optimize every mission.

Join us at the forum alongside Africa’s key Air Force Chiefs and top leadership, international and regional industry experts and government officials to explore avenues for strengthening airpower capacities, fostering cooperation, and addressing common security challenges for the betterment of the entire African region.

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2024

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WHO WILL ATTEND?

INDUSTRIES:
Air Forces | Aviation Authorities | Law Enforcement | Ministries of Defense | Ministries of Interior
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Air Forces
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Aviation Authorities
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Law Enforcement
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Ministries of Defense
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Ministries of Interior
JOB PROFILES:
Chief of Air Staff, Deputy Chief of Air Staff | Director of Armament and Procurement | Director of Policy and Plans |
Director of Training | Director General | Director of Logistics | Director of Air Operations
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Chief of Air Staff, Deputy Chief of Air Staff
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Director of Armament and Procurement
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Director of Policy and Plans
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Director of Training
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Director General
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Director of Logistics
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Director of Air Operations

WHO WILL ATTEND?

INDUSTRIES:
Air Forces
Aviation Authorities
Law Enforcement
Ministries of Defense
Ministries of Interior
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KEY FORUM ELEMENTS

A high-level international forum that addresses all pressing challenges in the sector through keynote speeches, technical presentations, panel discussions and more
Showcasing the latest materials, equipment and most advanced systems and technologies in the sector

Live interactive demonstrations in the exhibition area showcasing the latest systems and technologies related to the aerospace and defence sector

Get ready to witness the skies come alive with an unforgettable display of precision, skill and aviation excellence to create a memorable and immersive experiences for our attendees.
Exclusive Networking Cocktail Reception – an evening designed to foster connections, exchange ideas and create lasting memories.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere with live music and local entertainment, adding a touch of sophistication and charm to the occasion.
High-level pre-event dinner dedicated for Air Force and Aviation leadership and their delegations to discuss strategic plans
Area To coordinate media interviews between international, regional and local channels, VIPs, speakers, sponsors and attendees at the event

2024 VIP SPEAKERS

COLONEL HERMANN WILLIAM AVOCANH

CHIEF OF AIR STAFF - BENIN
AIR MARSHAL JACOB JOHN NZVEDE
COMMANDER AIR FORCE – ZIMBABWE
BRIGADIER PETER N GITHINJI
DEPUTY KENYA AIR FORCE COMMANDER – KENYA
LIEUTENANT GENERAL OSCAR MSITU ALFRED NYONI
COMMANDER AIR FORCE – ZAMBIA
COLONEL-MAJOR DOSSO MAHAMOUD
HEAD OF OPERATIONS AND EMPLOYMENT AIR FORCE HQ - CÔTE D’IVOIRE
BRIGADIER GENERAL MOHAMED OULD CHEIKH OULD BOIDE
CHIEF OF AIR STAFF – MAURITANIA
MAJOR GENERAL JOAQUIM FILINTO SILVA FERREIRA
CHIEF OF AIR STAFF - GUINEA BISSAU
LIEUTENANT GENERAL JIA ZHIGANG
DEPUTY COMMANDER PLA AIR FORCE – CHINA
AIR VICE MARSHAL CESAR FARIA GUIMARAES
BRAZIL

Forum AGENDA

  • FORUM DAY 1 (ABUJA) | 23RD MAY 2024
  • FORUM DAY 2 (ABUJA) | 24TH MAY 2024
  • CEREMONIAL PARADE AND AIRSHOW (KADUNA) | 25TH MAY 2024

DRESS CODE - Military Attendees – Service Uniform (Jacket & Tie) | Civilian Attendees – Business Formals

08:00

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

08:50

ARRIVAL OF VIPS

09:00

NATIONAL ANTHEM

09:05

SAFETY BRIEFING

OPENING CEREMONY

09:10

WELCOME REMARKS

09:15

OPENING REMARKS BY GREAT MINDS EVENT MANAGEMENT

09:20

WELCOME ADDRESS BY CHIEF OF AIR STAFF NIGERIAN AIR FORCE (NAF)

09:40

DOCUMENTARY ON NAF @ 60

09:50

DOCUMENTARY ON AFRICAN AIR FORCES FORUM

10:00

GOODWILL MESSAGES

10:20

OPENING ADDRESS

Special Guest of Honor

10:30

PRESENTATION OF SOUVENIRS

10:40

GROUP PHOTOGRAPH

10:50

VIP EXHIBITION TOUR

Ribbon cutting ceremony and exhibition tour

12:00

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 1 : AEROSPACE INNOVATIONS, AIR POWER AND COLLECTIVE SECURITY IN AFRICA – CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

12:30

AEROSPACE INNOVATIONS, AIR POWER AND COLLECTIVE SECURITY IN AFRICA – CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

13:00

STRENGTHENING REGIONAL SECURITY IN AFRICA THROUGH COLLABORATIVE DEFENSE INITIATIVES

13:20

LEVERAGING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR IMPROVED COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATIONS IN AFRICA

13:40

INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION

14:00

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

14:40

CLOSING REMARKS

14:45

NETWORKING SESSION | EXCLUSIVE FOR CHIEFS OF AIR STAFF AND KEY INDUSTRY PLAYERS

(Exhibition continues for other guests)

15:05

NETWORKING LUNCHEON

15:30

END OF FORUM DAY 1 (EXHIBITION CONTINUES)

WELCOME COCKTAIL & GALA NIGHT

DRESS CODE – Dinner Dress / National Dress

18:30

ARRIVAL OF SENIOR OFFICERS 

18:35

ARRIVAL OF GUESTS

18:40

ARRIVAL OF CHIEFS OF AIR STAFF

19:00

WELCOME ADDRESS BY CHIEF OF AIR STAFF NIGERIA

19:10

CULTURAL DISPLAY, LIVE PERFORMANCE & ENTERTAINMENT

19:40

NETWORKING COCKTAIL

20:00

DINNER

20:30

REMARKS BY SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

20:40

PRESENTATION OF SOUVENIRS

20:50

VOTE OF THANKS

21:00

END OF EVENT

DRESS CODE - Military Attendees – Service Uniform (Jacket & Tie) | Civilian Attendees – Business Formals

08:00

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

09:00

OPENING REMARKS BY FORUM CHAIRMAN

SESSSION 2: AEROSPACE INNVOATIONS AND GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND INSURGENCIES – THE ROLE OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

09:10

AEROSPACE INNOVATIONS AND GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND INSURGENCIES – THE ROLE OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

09:40

COUNTRY PERSPECTIVES ON THE PRESENTATION

10:00

COUNTRY PERSPECTIVES ON THE PRESENTATION 

10:20

COUNTRY PERSPECTIVES ON THE PRESENTATION 

10:40

INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION

11:00

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

11:30

EXHIBITION TOUR & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

12:00

PRESENTATION | TECHNOLOGIES AND IMPLEMENTATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTEGRATED AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS FOR AFRICAN NATIONS

12:15

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

12:45

PRESENTATION | BUILDING AGILE, ACCURATE AND POWERFUL AIR FORCES TO EFFECTIVELY COMBAT MODERN SECURITY CHALLENGES

13:00

OFFICIAL SUMMARY & FORUM CLOSING REMARKS BY FORUM CHAIRMAN

13:10

NETWORKING LUNCHEON & ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGS (EXHIBITION CONTINUES)

GRAND FINALE OF NIGERIAN AIRFORCE COMBAT SPORTS COMPETITION

DRESS CODE – Sports Wear

16:30

ARRIVAL OF SENIOR OFFICERS

16:35

ARRIVAL OF GUESTS

16:40

ARRIVAL OF CHIEFS OF AIR STAFF

17:00

ARRIVAL OF SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR 

17:05

WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF NIGERIA

17:10

COMBAT SPORTS

18:15

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS

18:30

PRESENTATION OF PRIZES

18:45

CLOSING REMARKS BY SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

18:50

END OF EVENT

DRESS CODE - Military Attendees – Service Uniform (Jacket & Tie) | Civilian Attendees – Business Formals

08:30

ARRIVAL FROM ABUJA

09:30

PARADE FORMS UP

09:35

ARRIVAL OF AIRMEN/AIRWOMEN AND OFFICERS

09:40

ARRIVAL OF GUESTS

09:45

ARRIVAL OF CHIEF OF AIR STAFF NIGERIA

09:50

ARRIVAL OF INVITED CHIEFS OF AIR STAFF AND OTHER SERVICE CHIEFS

10:00

ARRIVAL OF SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

10:20

CEREMONIAL PARADE AND AERIAL DISPLAY

12:00

SPEECH BY SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

12:20

GROUP PHOTOGRAPHS

13:00

LUNCH

14:00

DEPARTURE TO ABUJA

WHO SHOULD SPONSOR AND EXHIBIT

We are looking for suppliers that can contribute to the Air Forces requirements across Africa. If you believe you have what we are looking for, please contact us at partnerships@gmevents.ae or call + 971 (0) 568 7800

TOP REASONS TO ATTEND

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the full value chain of Africa’s defence and security aviation sector, to develop key solutions to transnational threats

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the key requirements of Africa’s Air Forces to support evolving operations

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to upskill and retain the future generation of Air Force personnel

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the key requirements of Africa’s Air Forces to support evolving operations

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the full value chain of Africa’s defence and security aviation sector, to develop key solutions to transnational threats
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the key requirements of Africa’s Air Forces to support evolving operations
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to upskill and retain the future generation of Air Force personnel
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to the coordination and growth of regional aerospace and defence capabilities

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