About Africa smart grid forum

INFORMATION NOTE

MAIN EVENT: Africa Smart Grid Forum 2018
VENUE: Kigali Convention Centre
DATE: 1st– 4th October 2018

ACCOMMODATION

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Visa Formalities
Official representatives and experts holding Diplomatic passport, Service Passport or Laissez-passer of the AU, UN traveling to Rwanda to attend the summit will be issued with a free visa upon arrival. Delegates from African Member States traveling with ordinary passport will be issued with a visa upon arrival at the cost of 30 US Dollars. All citizens of the world are issued visa upon arrival at all border posts without prior application. For further information on the Rwandan new visa regime, please check the following site: www.migration.gov.rw
Yellow Fever Notice
Due to the recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the region, the Rwandan Ministry of Health requires all travelers coming from countries that are endemic to Yellow Fever to produce proof of vaccination at border posts. Delegates without proof of vaccination will be immunized at airport clinic at a cost of 40 US Dollars.
Lost Luggage
In the eventuality that delegates lose their luggage, a dedicated lost luggage desk will assist delegates. Delegates can choose to have their luggage delivered at their hotels for a fee of 20 US Dollars or to collect it at the airport at no cost.
Transport
Airport taxis are available. Prices vary from 15 USD to 20 US. Recommended official hotels are: see website

GENERAL INFORMATION

Information Technology
The following Rwandan mobile telecommunication service providers are available:
MTN Airtel-Tigo Mobile telephone service providers also provide gateway to Internet using GPRS, 3G and 4G. Cell phone SIM cards are widely available; however, every SIM card user/buyer in Rwanda is expected by law to be registered for activation. The SIM card can be registered at the point of purchase.
Currency
The Unit of currency is the Rwandan Franc (RWF) that is divided into 100 centimes. Exchange rates are subject to fluctuation. Currently, 1 USD is approximately equivalent to 864 RWF.
Banking Services
Banking hours are from 08:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and from 08:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays. Banking amenities are available at all commercial banks; local and regional banks hold agreement with a variety of credit card networks:
VISA: Bank of Kigali, Ecobank, Equity bank, I & M bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, ACCESS bank, Banque populaire du Rwanda and Urwego Opportunity bank
MasterCard: Bank of Kigali, ACCESS bank and Equity bank
China Union Pay: Access bank, Equity bank and Bank of Kigali
Japan Credit Bureau: Equity bank
American Express: Equity bank and Bank of Kigali
Diners Club: Equity bank and Bank of Kigali
Most internationally recognised currencies and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at commercial banks, hotels and international airport. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Climate
There are short rains in October and temperatures vary from 19C to 29 C.
Time
The time in Rwanda is GMT+2.
Plastic Bags
As part of an environmental protection policy, plastic bags are not allowed into Rwanda Passengers entering Kigali International Airport, or any other border posts with plastic bags are required to discard them, and are supplied with an environmentally friendly alternative at a cost ranging between $2-$6.
Electricity Supply
The power supply in Rwanda is 220/240V AC. It is advisable to bring your own round, two-prong adapter and transformer for 100V AC.
Emergency Services
In case of emergency, please refer to the telephone numbers listed below. Fire Brigade (Toll Free): 111 or +250 788 311 224 Ambulance (Toll Free): 912 General Assistance: 997
Business and Shopping Hours
Public Offices open from 07:00 to 17:00 while business open from 8:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Opening times on weekend for business range between 09:00 to 22:00.
For more practical information on Rwanda, please visit: www.rwandatourism.com

ANNEX I
Airlines Serving Kigali International:
Brussels Airlines • Tel. +250 252 575 290 • Email: salesrwanda@brusselsairlines.com
Ethiopian Airlines • Tel. +250 788 751 585/788220220 / +250 788 562 469 (Area Manager) • E-mail: kglsm@ethiopianairlines.com
Fly Dubai • Tel: +250 252 575 867 • Email: kigali@flydubai-ea.com
Kenya airways • Tel: +250 782 062 524 / +250 788 386 339 • Email: reservations.kigali@kenya-airways.com
KLM • Tel: +250 788 206 524 / 788 386 339 • Email: reservations.Kigali@kenya-airways.com
Qatar Airways • Tel: +250 786 387 233/34 / +250 252 553 500
Rwandair • Tel. +250 788 177 000 • Email: reservations@rwandair.com
Turkish airlines • Tel: +250 786 730 231 / +250 280 444 849 / +250 280 444 851
Kigali City

Convention centre & Radisson blu

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Kigali

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