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Conference report on the involvement of the private security sector in humanitarian assistance operations in Africa

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Day 1: 14 September 2011

WELCOMING ADDRESS

AMBASSADOR OLUSEGUN AKINSANYA

The conference began with a welcoming address by Ambassador Olusegun Akinsanya, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Addis Ababa Office Director. In his address, the Ambassador emphasized the importance of the debate on the involvement of the private security industry in humanitarian assistance operations and cautioned that such involvement had implications to peace and security in Africa. He noted that the outsourcing of security-related tasks to private security actors in humanitarian assistance operations presented a number of ethical, operational and strategic challenges in Africa. The Ambassador criticized the lack of effective oversight mechanisms, either regulatory or sustainable systems to monitor the activities within the private military and security industry.