IGAD Blue Economy

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The Conference Arrangement

The two days’ Blue Economy conference on is the first regional event and offers an opportunity to discuss Blue Economy development in the IGAD region at large as well as offers a platform for the region to show-case its Blue Economy components and their linkages with different sub-sectors of the national economy. The two days will be fully dedicated for awareness creation and sharing of best practices.

The event will unveil Blue Economy opportunities available in the region for governments, private sector investors, donors and development partners, civil society, academia and other actors. It will also provide an opportunity to learn and get information on global and continental good practices, lessons and experiences on Blue Economy development.

Additionally, the conference will provide a regional multi-stakeholder, multi-sector and multi-scale platform to identify potential Blue Economy priority areas in the region, as well as technical discourses on the prospects for mainstreaming Blue Economy potential priority areas into regional and national development strategies.

Objectives
The main objectives of the event are:

  • To create awareness on the role of Blue Economy in contributing to the socio-economic development of the region
  • To explore the Blue Economy Concept and Blue Growth Principles in the regional socio-ecological context in common but differentiated approach
  • To review the development prospects and challenges of well-integrated traditional and emerging Blue Economy sectors for leapfrogging accelerated and shared growth
  • Develop a road map for the Blue Economy Strategy meeting planned for Mid-September 2020 in the Federal Government of Somalia.

The IGAD Blue Economy Conference will take place in Djibouti from 6-9 April 2020 at Djibouti Palace Kempinski

The plenary sessions will be held in Nakheel Ballroom, while the 2 breakout sessions will be held  in  Ras Syan  Ballroom and Maskali Ballroom

 Visa Requirements

Kindly note that the visa fee is as follow:

  • Transit visa/short duration 3 to 15 days 2000 Fdj (equivalent to USD15)
  • Short stay 15 to 90 days  4000 Fdj (equivalent to USD25) 
  • Please make sure that you have the exact amount as getting the change might be difficult.

Airport Pick Up/drop off

Arrangements for airport pick up and drop off will be made for participants whose itinerary has been sent to IGAD.  

Please check for an IGAD Placard when you exit the customs area.

In case you fail to get a transport, you are kindly requested to take a taxi. The taxi fare from the airport to town is Djf 2000 (approx. USD 12)

 

Accommodation

We recommend the following hotels with IGAD negotiated rates:

  • Self-sponsored participants are kindly requested to make their own hotel reservation and are encouraged to use the information given in the list to contact the hotels and book accommodation to suite their preferences.
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 Local Transport 

(from Hotel to Conference venue) 

  • Daily transport will be provided during the 2 days from the listed hotels to the meeting venue  and back 
  • The Pickup time in the morning  of each day will start from 8am

 Registration

  • A registration desk will be set up at the meeting venue ( DJIBOUTI PALACE KEMPINSKI ) on the 16 Sept next to Nakheel Ballroom.
  • All participants will be issued with a badge as well as workshop materials.

 Conference Documents

  • Relevant documents will be dispatched to the participants before the actual start of the conference.

 Other useful information

  • Simultaneous Language Interpretation/ Translation
    • Simultaneous interpretation in French/English and English/French will be provided for the duration of the conference 
  • Information Technology  access to sim card
  • Banking Services and Currency
  • Banking hours are usually from 8:00 am – 12pm and from 4:00 pm to 6:00pm from Sunday to Thursday.
  • Foreign exchange offices  are available from 8:00 am – 12pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • ATM service is also available 24hrs in the city centre and in most of the hotels.

 

Climate 

Djibouti is hot dry and humid during the month of September with an average temperature between   37° / 31°

Clothing

The conference ballrooms being air conditioned, participants are advised to carry adequate outfit

Electricity Supply

The electrical power supply is 220-240 volts. Please be advised that plugs are of the two round-pronged types. 

  • Health requirements

There is no specific health requirements to travellers entering Djibouti.  

 

 

List of recommended hotels 

 

HOTELS

STANDING

LOCATION

 

 

IGAD NEGOATED RATE

1.     ali sabieh HOTEL

 

tel: +253.21-35.32.64

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Contact person:

Mr. ali dorani : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Good Standing

 

City Centre

opposite IGAD Secretariat

 

 

11000 Djf= approx 50 USD

ALL INCLUSIVE

 

(Bed+ breakfast+taxes+ internet access)

2.     HOTEL LE LAURIER

 

Telephone +253 21342380

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Good Standing

(newly opened)

City Center

(next to IGAD Secretariat )

USD 86

ALL INCLUSIVE

 

(Bed+ breakfast+taxes+ internet access)

3.     ATLANTIc HOTEL

 

tel: 21-331100

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contact persons:

Deka Moubarak

Reservation and Front Office Manager

Araksan, Reservation Executive

Equivalent to

3 stars

 

City center

 

Opposite Grande Pharmacie de la Corne d’Afrique)

USD 140

ALL INCLUSIVE

 

(Bed+ breakfast+taxes+ internet access)

4.     CAPITAL HOTEL

 

tel: +253-21355353

fax: +253-21-348800

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Equivalent to

3 stars

(newly opened)

City Center

(opposite Atlantic Hotel)

Behind East African Bank

USD 160

ALL INCLUSIVE

(Bed+ breakfast taxes+ internet access)

5.     SHERATON HOTEL

 

Phone : +253 21 328000 (Ext8200)

Fax : +253 21 328888

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Ms Fatouma Ali

Reservation Executive

Reservation Department

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4 stars

Plateau du Serpent

(near French Consulate)

USD 145

ALL INCLUSIVE

 

(Bed+ breakfast taxes+ internet access)

6.     DJIBOUTI PALACE KEMPINSKI 

 

T +253 21 32 55 55  

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5 stars

Ilot du Héron

(meeting venue)

10 to 15 minutes by car from the airport

USD 220

ALL INCLUSIVE

 

(Bed+ breakfast+taxes+ internet access)

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The IGAD region

also known as the Greater Horn of Africa, stretches over a land area of 5.2 million km2 to band five coastal states - Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan - and 3 landlocked states namely, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda. These coastal states have an aggregated Exclusive Economic Zones of 1.1 million Km2, including 55,875 km2 of continental shelves and 6,960 km of coastline. 

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