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ITU Regional Seminar for the Africa Region on Conformance and Interoperability Testing Centre(s)

Accra, Ghana
4-6 July 2011




Practical Information for Participants

1 Introduction


The Ministry of Communications (MOC) of Ghana is pleased to welcome participants to the ITU Regional Seminar for the Africa Region on Conformance and Interoperability Testing Centre(s), which will take place in Accra, Ghana from 4 to 6 July 2011.

This document provides some practical information on frequently asked questions about the Seminar, including logistical details.



2 Venue


La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra

3 Transportation to the venue


To be provided by the Event Organisers.

4 From the hotels to the venue

To be provided by the Event organisers


List of recommended hotels close to the venue

LIST OF HOTELS




NO



NAME OF HOTEL



RATING

ROOM RATE(TAX INCLUSIVE) INCLUDING BREAKFAST($)





CONTACT

STANDARD SINGLE

STANDARD DOUBLE

NUMBER OF ROOMS AVAILABLE

1



Premier Accra Airport Hotel


3

250


290


109

Tel.- 0302216570, 0243654704

Fax. – 0302766904

Email- info@bestwesternpremier.com.gh
Loc.- Airport Residential Area


2



Holiday Inn Accra Airport


3

250



350



160



Tel.- 0302740930

Fax. – 0302785180

Email-

reservations1@holidayinnaccraairport.com

Loc.- Airport Residential Area



3



Crown Apartmento Hotel


3


207


230



24



Tel. 0302771712-3, 0289113600

Fax- 0302762942

Email- reservation@crownapartmento.com

Loc.- Airport residential area



4


La Palm Royal Beach Hotel


4


190


230


152


Tel.- 0302771770 0244342621-4 email- lapalm@gbhghana.net

Loc.- Trade Fair, La



5

Alisa Hotel

3

180

210

173

Tel.- 0302214244, 0302214233

Email- info@alisahotels.com


Loc.- North Ridge, adjacent to world bank Accra office.

6



Midindi Hotel



2



170


200


26

Tel.- 0302770007, 0302769904, 0244469137

Fax. – 0302770879

Email- info@midindihotel.com
Loc.- Behind El Wak, East Cantonment


7



Airport West Hotel



2


150



220

30


Tel.- 0302767870, 0302771388, 0244358042, 0277753305

Fax. – 0302765667

Loc. – Airport residential area


8



M Plaza hotel

4



150



190



100



Tel.- 0302763417-9, 0302763492-5, 0302775922

Fax.-0302763416, 0302763417

Email- info@mplaza-hotel.com

Loc.- Airport Residential Area




9


Airside Hotel


2


120



130


33


Tel.- 0302760480, 0302783844

Fax- 0302785768

Email- airside@africaonline.com.gh

Loc. Airport residential area





10



Airport View Hotel


2



100



120



47

Tel.- 0302769594

0302780341/2

Fax- 0302780342

Email- info@airportviewhotelgh.com

Loc.- Airport Residential Area



11

Awet Hotel




80

120

140

Tel.- 0302923796, 0206374915, 0243251225

Loc.- Osu, Lokko road, adjacent night market.



12

El-Elyon Hotel

2


85

90


16

Tel.- 0302774421

0246667680

Fax.- 0302784620

Email- eleyon@africaonline.com.gh


Loc.- Osu RE


13


Central Hotel


2


80



100


16

Tel.- 03027010600, 0302258257/8

Fax.- 0302243330

Email- info@centralhotels.com.gh

Loc.- Ringway Estate, Osu



14



Hotel Georgia Ltd

2


85

120



53


Tel. – 0302765488, 0302765487

Fax.- 0302765488

Email- georgia@africayahoo.com
Loc.- Cantonment


15


Blue Royal Hotel






60



80


22


Tel. – 0302783075

Fax. – 0302783076

Email- blueroyalghana@yahoo.com

Loc.- Oxford Street, Osu



16


Miklin Hotels




80


100


47

Tel.- 0302500708, 0302502386, 0302502387, 0302502974

Fax.- 0302500558, 0302502975

Email- miklin@ghana.com


Loc.- Shiashi, East Legon


17

Continental Plaza Hotel




70

70

50

Tel.- 0302777578, 0302784565 Fax.- 0302777578

Email- cplazahotelgh@yahoo.com

Loc. Dzorwulu, opposite Mobitel head office


18

SSNIT Guest House




90

100

11

Tel.- 0302226228, 0302225366

Fax.- 0302225879

Email- contact@ssnitguesthouse.com
Loc.- Osu RE, near Ako Adjei Interchange, adjacent DFID.



5 Hotel Reservations


Hotel reservations should be made by participants directly with Hotel.

Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Please get in contact directly with the hotel (using the contact e-mails) indicating your participation at the Seminar.



6 Passports and Visas


A valid passport is required to enter to Ghana. The passport should be valid for at least three months after arrival date in Ghana.
The updated version of nationals from specific countries who do not require entry visas to Ghana include the following:


  1. ECOWAS CITIZENS




  1. Special Administrative Region

Kenya Malaysia Singapore

Egypt Hong Kong Trinidad and Tobago




  1. Nationals of the following Commonwealth East and Southern African Countries

Malawi Lesotho Botswana

Zimbabwe Tanzania Uganda

Swaziland


  1. Holders of German, Cuban, Iranian, and Brazilian Diplomatic/Service Passports

(for a period not exceeding three (3) months


  1. Holders of passport of Regional Economic Communities in Africa and the African Economic Community as well as United Nations and its specialized agencies.



  1. Persons in direct Airside transit

There may be visa requirements for citizens of some countries to enter Ghana. Where this is the case, visa applications can be made at any Ghanaian Embassy or Consular Office in your country. Upon request, the Ministry of Communications (MOC) of Ghana will provide participants, who are officially registered in the Seminar, with an invitation letter in order to facilitate the processing of their visa applications. Applicants should address such requests, together with a scanned copy of their passport (pages with photo, date of issue and expiry date) as well as their occupation/position within their company, to any of the following contact persons in the host country AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE.


7 Contact point


For any further information, please contact: Mrs. Patricia Dovi Sampson

E-mail: sampsonpatricia@hotmail.com

Tel: 233 244 292133

Fax: 233 302 667114


8 Social events


Social event(s) may be announced during the Seminar.

9 Language


English is the official language in Ghana. The Seminar will be held in English and French.

9 Currency and Banking


Ghanaian Cedi (GHS) is the country’s currency. Major foreign currencies may be exchanged to Ghanaian Cedi at hotels and foreign exchange banks in Accra and at Accra International Airport. Regular banking hours are 8 am - 2 pm.

10 Credit cards


The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and Mastercard. These cards are accepted in major hotels, restaurants, banks and businesses. Your card may be used for payment at most all airlines, leading hotels and major supermarkets. However be cautious when using your credit card to avoid fraud.

11 Climate


The climate of Ghana is tropical, but temperatures vary with season and elevation. Except in the north two rainy seasons occur, from April to July and from September to November. In the north the rainy season begins in April and lasts until September. The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows from the northeast from December to March, lowering the humidity and creating hot days and cool nights in the north. In the south the effects of the harmattan are felt in January. In most areas the highest temperatures occur in March, the lowest in August.



Source: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/

11 Local time


Ghana Standard Time is GMT. Ghana does not operate Daylight-Saving Time.

12 Tipping


Tipping is commonplace in Ghana.

13 Taxes


Sales tax in Ghana is 12,5% VAT.

14 Electrical appliances


The standard power supply in Ghana is 220-240 volts, 50 hz. An electrical converter will be necessary to run 110-120 volt appliances.
15 Calling code and Internet TLD

Ghana calling code is 00233. The Internet TLD is .gh


16 Drivers

Cars in Ghana have their steering wheel on the left. Cars drive on the right.


17 About Ghana

Ghana literally "Warrior King", derived from the ancient Ghana Empire

The Republic of Ghana, is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.

Known as the Gold Coast Crown Colony from 1874, it achieved independence from United Kingdom in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan African nation to do so and choosing the name Ghana to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana.

Ghana spearheaded the political liberation of colonized Africa from the very first day of her Independence. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (first Prime Minister) championed the cause of African Unity which led to the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU).

(Sources:


  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana#See_also

  • http://www.ghana.gov.gh/)

18 About Accra

The word Accra is derived from the word Nkran meaning "ants" in Akan, a reference to the numerous anthills seen in the countryside around Accra.

As the capital of Ghana, Accra is the administrative, communications, and economic centre of the country.

Accra is the largest city in Ghana with the population of the city proper estimated at 1,963,264 as of 2009. Accra also doubles as the capital of the Greater Accra Region and of the Accra Metropolitan District, with which it is coterminous.

Originally built around a port, Accra stretches along the Atlantic Coast and north into the interior. Serving as the nation’s capital, then the Gold Coast, from 1877 its architecture ranges from large and elegant nineteenth century colonial buildings to skyscrapers and apartment blocks made of concrete, glass and steel in the 1970s, reflecting its transition from a 19th century suburb of Victoriaborg to the modern metropolis it is today.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accra)


Altitude

Accra is located about 61m /200 feet above sea level.


Transportation

Taxis: there is a convenient taxi network but most don't have meter system so price negotiation is required between passenger and driver. But there are also metered taxis which are slightly expensive. Taxis in Ghana are painted in two colors: the four fenders are yellow/orange and the rest of the car is in a color of choice. Taxis can be obtained at taxi ranks or along any road in Accra. There are also shared taxis, which follow fixed routes, similar to taxis' and have fixed rates per passenger. 

Trotros: by far the most common form of transport in Accra, trotros are the most efficient and cost-effective way of getting around the city. Trotros stop at any bus stop or gathering of people, just waving the hand up and down to attract the driver’s attention.

(Sources:



  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accra#Transportation

  • http://wikitravel.org/en/Accra)



19 Food and Drink


Tap water in cities is safe to drink. Other water sources should be regarded as being potentially contaminated, and water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

(Sources: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ghana/health)


20 Health Care, Vaccinations and Health Requirements


Medical facilities are poor outside urban areas in Ghana.

Emergency facilities are extremely limited.



For serious medical treatment, medical evacuation would be necessary.


Disease

Recommendation

When to see a doctor

Diphtheria

recommended

1 day

Malaria

recommended

1-7 days

Yellow Fever

required

10 days

Hepatitis A

recommended

1 week

Meningitis

recommended

1 week

Tetanus

recommended

1 day

(Sources:

  • http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/ghana#insurance

  • http://www.traveldoctor.info/vaccinations/ghana.63.html)



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