INFORMATION PACK FOR PARTICIPANTS

Dear Participant,

We look forward to welcoming you to Addis Ababa for the 5th International Conference of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (5thICAAAE), which will be held from between 23 - 26 September 2016 at the United Nations Conference Centre located at the Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Please find below some general information on conference arrangements and on Addis Ababa that you might find useful.

VENUE

The 5th ICAAAE will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from September 23rd until the 26th, 2016. The Conference will take place at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC), which is located in the city center and only 15 minutes from the airport.

Address:

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Menelik II Ave. - Kazanchis

P.O. Box 3001, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

ACCOMODATION AND AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Recommended hotels for accommodation with all necessary details are posted on the event website. Learn more about the hotels at aaae2016.org/hotels.php

All Hotels that are not within a walking distance from the UNCC will provide transportation in the morning to the UNCC and back to the hotels after the meeting. Departure times will be 45 minutes before the meeting starting time. The program is uploaded on the event website and can be accessed on the following link aaae2016.org/program.php. In the unlikely event of any last minute changes to the program schedule, updates will be posted online and also shared in your projection screens inside the venues

Transfers from and to the Bole International Airport for all participants will be provided by hotels as per flight details. If you haven’t, please submit your flight details at aaae2016.org/transfers.php

SECURITY AND ACCESS TO THE UNCC PREMISES

Registration will take place starting from 9:00am on 23rd September and 8:00am on the 24th September 2016 at the UN Conference Centre, in front of UNCC Gate No 3.

You must carry a government issued Picture ID in order to be able to pick up your CONFERENCE BADGE. Please ensure that your copy of passport is already with the conference organizers, that is the AAAE Secretariat

GENERAL INFORMATION

Ethiopian Customs:

While it is not illegal to carry large sums of cash as you enter Ethiopia, you must declare any amount above USD $3000, and keep all receipts of currency exchanges while you are in the country. Please ask for the appropriate declaration forms on your flight, or ask an immigration officer after landing.

You pick up your luggage after going through passport control.  Depending on the timing of your arrival and circumstances customs clearance may take anywhere from 20 minutes to 60 minutes.

Weather:

September in Addis Ababa is mostly dry but typically with little rains especially in the mornings, while the remainder of the day is sunny. The evenings may be cold; we recommend that you pack a jacket or sweater with you, in addition to an umbrella.

Currency:

The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr.  All local banks provide currency exchange services with an exchange rate that is standard. Please note that it is ILLEGAL to exchange your currency in the black market – only deal with official banks.  All major hotels have FOREX services. Click here for the most up-to-date rates.  Please keep in mind that only major currencies are accepted for exchange.  ATMs are widely available in hotels and around the city – while VISA is widely accepted, some ATMs now accept MasterCard as well.  Almost all transactions are cash based, therefore, plan accordingly.

Mobile Phone:

Your phone must be “unlocked” in order for it to work in Ethiopia.  You may be able to use your mobile phone in Addis Ababa by incurring roaming charges.  Alternatively, you can buy local pre-paid SIM cards for less than $20.  Blackberry messaging services are not currently available in Addis Ababa. 

Health:

Prior to entry, visitors should be in possession of a valid health certificate for yellow fever if coming from risk countries. Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in the country.

The United Nations Health Centre, situated on the ground floor of the United Nations Conference Centre, provides emergency medical services, at a fee, to participants/delegates attending meetings during working hours.

Safety:

Addis Ababa is considered to be one of the safest capitals in Africa. However, for your safety, please maintain a high state of vigilance at all times. Petty theft, pickpockets and purse snatching are common crimes when opportune. They can occur at any time of the day and night.

Always be alert and follow the following simple rules:

  •        Keep to the main parts of Addis Ababa and do not be tempted to go to places that you are unfamiliar with;
  •        Keep to the main roads and avoid short cuts down and back on alleys;
  •        Do not display high value jewelry, especially in the street. It may lead to unnecessary attacks;
  •        Never walk alone at night in the centre of the city even for shorter distances.

Getting around:

There is a large and efficient network of blue and white taxis that cover the city, which are easy to hail from any side of the road. However, for easy access and also safety purposes, call 8120 for metered taxi services.

Water:

It is NOT recommended to drink tap water during your stay in Addis Ababa; bottled water is readily available in most hotels and at least a bottle will be availed to your in most hotel rooms.

Electricity:

The electricity in Ethiopia is 220V/50Hz.  Please remember to bring the appropriate convertors for your 110V electrical goods.

Language:

The official working language in Ethiopia is Amharic.  However, English is widely spoken by most Ethiopians. Other languages may be problematic to communicate, with few cases of linguists.

CONTACT

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Hiwot MULUGETA

Flawless Events  (Official AAAE conference planner)

Mobile: +251 94 029 3506

Email: hiwot@flawlessevents.net

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Ethiopia Statistics

Country Code

251

Capital of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa 

Ethiopia Electrical Outlet

220V/50Hz 


Type C and E/F Electrical Outlet

Ethiopia Phone Jack

French Phone Jack 


Ethiopia Languages

Amharic, English,(commercial) 

Ethiopia Currency

Ethiopian Birr   (ETB) 

Time Zones

UTC/GMT +3 hour (Standard Time year round)

Ethiopia Population

100+million 

Ethiopia Area, Sq. Km.

Total: 1,104,300 sq km

Ethiopia GDP (US$)

$1,800 Per Capita  

Telephones

890,642 million (ESt. 2015) 

Mobile Phones

42.312 million (Est. 2015)

Internet Hosts

179 (Est. 2015) 

Internet Users

11.538 million (Est. 2015)