30th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum To Be Held in Kigali

GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE

THIRTIETH GREATER HORN OF AFRICA CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM (GHACOF 30); 27-29 FEBRUARY 2012

1. Venue: Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda
http://kigali-serena.hotel-rn.coml

2. Accommodation: All ICPAC sponsored participants are booked at Spotsview and La Palisse Hotels. For self-sponsored kindly make your own booking at Serena or any of the listed hotels. Let us know if you need our assistance in booking the hotels Special rates have been negotiated at the following Hotels:
1) Serena Hotel (Standard room (Bed and Breakfast):
US$ 369 Forum Venue
2) Lemigo Hotel (www.lemigo-hotel-kigali.hotelsone.com): Standard room (Bed and Breakfast): US$ 180
3) Sportsview Hotel (www.sportsviewhotelrwanda.com/): Standard room (Bed and Breakfast): US$ 80
4) La Palisse Hotel (www.lapalissehotel.com/): Standard room (Bed and Breakfast): US$ 60

3. Transport: The Rwanda Meteorological Service (RMS) will provide transport to and from the airport for all the participants who will provide the arrival and departure time to the local organisers. Taxis are available from the airports to hotels.

4. Air Tickets: Electronic tickets will be sent to the sponsored participants. No refund will be provided to any sponsored participant who buys their own ticket

5. DSA: DSA allowance of 200$ will be paid to the sponsored participants minus accommodation that has been arranged in two hotels for transportation convenience. Accommodation has been prepaid for all sponsored participants to enable special Bed and breakfast rates to be given by the hotel.

6. Entry formalities Participants from countries with Rwanda diplomatic missions or consulates should apply for and secure visas prior to their departure for Rwanda. Participants from countries without diplomatic missions can request for an entry facility on line on (http://www.migration.gov.rw/singleform.php)

7. Health requirements A vaccination certificate may be required at the entry post

8. Currency Rwanda’s local currency is the Rwandan Franc and 1 US $ is approximately 600 Rwandan Francs. One can change all major currencies (US$, UK£, EURO, Swiss Francs, J-Yen) in Kigali.

9. Weather in Kigali in February Mean Daily Temperature: 27ºC
Mean daily Min Temperature: 16º C
Mean Humidity: 70%
Mean Rainfall: 32 mm

10. Time zone Rwanda is in the Central African Time Zone (CAT). Rwanda Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

11. Local Tourism Besides visiting the world-famous mountain gorillas, Rwanda offers a variety of other tourism attractions. Those interested in visiting some tourist sites can get in touch with the Local Coordinator for assistance.

12. Plastic bags Thin plastic bags are prohibited in Rwanda. Luggage may be searched at the entry point to make sure you are not carrying plastic bags.

13. Coordinators (i). Overall coordination

Prof Laban A. Ogallo
ICPAC Director
E-Mail: director@icpac.net
Tel: +254203514426

(ii). Local coordination

Mr. John Ntaganda Semafara
Permanent Representative of Rwanda with WMO
Tel: +250-788532913 ; Fax : +250-252575813
E-Mail: johnntaganda@yahoo.com