A worldwide team of experts discussed the use of the most current technology in the fight to eliminate African animal poaching in Pretoria yesterday. The USA-South Africa Border Surveillance and Anti-Poaching Technology Cooperation Symposium was produced by the US Commercial Service in South Africa (CSSA) and Africa A&D US International Pavilion organiser, Kallman Worldwide.
The seminar featured presentations by US and South African representatives from government, the private sector and NGOs and included briefings, challenges and solutions to the burgeoning border security and poaching problems afflicting many African nations.
The audience was by invitation only. Exhibitors in the US Pavilion at Africa A&D – potential suppliers of the needed technologies – were joined by national and provincial department professionals, including those responsible for areas such as environmental conservation and border management, along with military and security personnel from 10 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, South Africa, UAE, UK and USA.
The day began as Major General (SA Army, ret), Johan Jooste, commanding officer special projects, Kruger National Park, SANParks, delivered his keynote address, “Turning the tide – borders, poaching, technology” to the high-level attendees.
The conference continued with more than a dozen experts presenting a wide array of experience, solutions and ideas ranging from UAVs to other airborne and ground surveillance, and network and communications interoperability.
The event, which was held at the South African Counsel for Scientific and Industrial Research International Convention Center, marked the second time the US Commercial Service and Kallman Worldwide have partnered at Africa Aerospace & Defence. In 2012, US pavilion exhibitors and other key stakeholders participated in the US-Africa Peace Support Industry Symposium.
Johan van Rensburg, senior commercial specialist at the CSSA, said, “We are confident that the event provided the tools and information interested companies were seeking, and encouraged business-to-business discussions on how US and African private sectors can help eradicate our wildlife poaching crisis.”
Tom Kallman, president and chief executive of Kallman Worldwide, added, “This distinguished group of speakers provided the suppliers with the highest-level insight on the business opportunities this situation presents.
Access to the best technologies is critical to solving this scourge and we’re bringing the companies with the very resources to make that happen.”