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Top speakers lined up for SCEG conference

Posted 25 April 2013 · Add Comment

A number of top speakers, including a government minister, the former British Ambassador to Afghanistan, and a former security minister, have all been lined up to speak at the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG) Annual Conference next month.

SCEG is an ADS special interest group partnered with the government for the development and implementation of standards for the UK private security industry operating in complex environments, both on land and at sea. 

A number of SCEG member companies provide armed security solutions in countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, and many of the maritime security companies provide armed counter-piracy security services in the Indian Ocean.

The theme of this year’s SCEG conference, which builds on the highly successful inaugural conference held at Lancaster House in 2012, is “Enhancing Security in Complex Environments”.

Among the speakers will be Lord West, former Security Minister and former 1st Sea Lord; Mark Simmonds MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Stephen Hammond MP, Minister in the Department of Transport; Rear Admiral Duncan Potts RN, recent commander of EU NAVFOR; and Sir William Patey, former British Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Around 200 delegates will be present representing SCEG members, the UK Government, foreign governments, civil society, FTSE250 companies, shipping companies, the insurance sector and the media.

Topics due to be covered will include: Emerging threats and opportunities, security issues in the Horn of Africa, insecurity in Maghreb, lessons from Algeria and Mali and the region, the Gulf of Guinea, Afghanistan after 2014, and the synergy between public and private security solutions.

There will also be sessions looking at maritime security including emerging threats and opportunities, the threat to international shipping from piracy (including the HRA and Gulf of Guinea), security solutions and HMG guidance on armed guards for UK flagged ships, synergies between public (i.e. navies) and private security providers.

The importance of emerging standards and increasing regulation for the industry, both land and maritime, will also be discussed.

The conference will be preceded by the SCEG dinner on May 7 giving companies an additional opportunity to network with both industry and government in a relaxed environment.


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