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30th ACERWC Session, 06-16 Dec. 2017

 
 

About the 30th ACERWE session

The 30th Ordinary Session of the Committee will take place from 06-16 December, 2017, in Khartoum, Republic of Sudan.

The Committee will consider the initial reports of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Angola. Complementary reports from CSOs from 6 countries will also be examined.

A number of communications/complaints on child rights violations will be considered.

A Day of General Discussion on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking in Africa will also be held at the Session.

For more details and program of work, please visit the ACERWE website

http://www.acerwc.org/

 

Welcome

Welcome all of you, Sudan is microcosm of the larger African experience offering a diversity of geography, histories, cultures, livelihoods, religions, and languages.

Sudan is situated in northern Africa, with a 853 km (530 mi) coastline bordering the Red Sea. It has land borders with Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Chad, and Libya. With an area of 1,886,068 km2 (728,215 sq mi), it is the third largest country on the continent and the sixteenth largest in the world.

The Blue and White Nile rivers meet in Khartoum to form the River Nile, which flows northwards through Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. The Blue Nile's course through Sudan is nearly 800 km (497 mi) long and is joined by the Dinder and Rahad Rivers between Sennar and Khartoum. The White Nile within Sudan has no significant tributaries.

At the capital Khartoum, you will find exclusive museums that are loaded with the country’s richest history and more over Omdurman old market is the next top destination that will give you an experience like never before. This also is home to some of the greatest archeological sites, which are located at Naga, Bajrawiya, Nuri, Meroe, and many more other places across Sudan.

 

The venue of the meeting

 

The Meetings will be held at the Corinthia Hotel Khartoum, in River Nile road. Set in the heart of Khartoum capital city of Sudan. Situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile rivers with greenery, waterfalls and deserts nearby. The hotel is nearby Parliament House, republic palace and Federal Government offices.

It is far from the airport 6 km, takes about 16 minutes driving.

Language

Official languages are Arabic and English. Arabic is the main languages spoken by the most people.

Hotel and travel

Participants are kindly requested to make their own hotel reservation in the meeting venue, Corinthia hotel Khartoum

 

The rates for the rooms are as below:

1. Single Room: 260 USD

2. Double Room: 310 USD

3. Executive Room: 516 USD

For more details, please visit the hotel website: 

https://www.corinthia.com/en/hotels/khartoum

For more information about hotels click here

 

Airport Transfers

Ministers and VIPs will be received by Protocol/officials of the National Council for Child Welfare at the airport. All transfers for the countries delegates to/from the Khartoum International Airport, to the hotels will be arranged for those who have sent their travel and hotel booking details to the contact person’s email.

Kindly ensure that your travel details are accurately indicated in your email and have been sent before suitable time.

Visa Requirements for Entry into Sudan

Sudan Missions abroad have been authorized to issue visas to delegates on presentation of an invitation letter from the organizers (AU) and other relevant documents. Delegates are kindly requested to contact the Sudan Missions in the respective capitals of their countries to apply for the visa as soon as possible, usually it takes a week to 10 days.

It is your responsibility to secure an entry visa to Sudan. Participants must be in possession of a
valid passport and a return or onward ticket. A visitor’s visa is normally granted for a period of two
weeks to one month upon arrival, to almost all holders of a valid passport.

Inoculations

All participants are expected to have valid certificate of inoculation against yellow fever.

Currency

The national currency is the Sudan pound (SDG.) Exchange facilities are available at the airport, hotels and at various banks within the city. There is a daily fluctuation in the Exchange rate, approximately 6.7SDG to one US$ or 7.8SDG to one Euro (as of 20 November, 2017). For daily exchange rates you may wish to refer to website of bank of Sudan.

Business Hours

Public offices usually open from 8 am to 4:00 pm or 5pm for private sector from Sunday to Thursday.  Store opening varies, but most stores are open around 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Shops are also open on Friday and Saturdays. Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services. The current rate 17%.

Electricity

In Sudan the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that
are used are of type C / G. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs.
If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter
in order to plug in.

 

Telephone Code

Country code: +249.

Time Zone

Sudan is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Climate

From December to February the temperatures range from 20C and 35C. i.e. it is cold in the morning and mild/warm during the day.

WI-FI

WIFI will be provided at the room during the meeting sessions.

Security

The government of Sudan shall be responsible for the overall security of the delegates in the venue of the meeting and outside.

Credit Cards

Credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard are not used in Sudan public services and in major hotels, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and in other businesses. So it is advisable to always keep cash for payment.

Shopping Spots

Open from 8:00 am to 00:00 am

Afra mall

Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan is home to the globally recognized shopping experience called Afra Mall. Afra Mall is located Africa Street in Arkawit, and is home to an average of 20,000 visitors daily, and a footfall over 1.2 million people for every month of the year. Afra Housed on a total area of 45.000 sqm with 98 Stores and services. Since 2004 Afra Mall has undergone several expansions and renovation programs. The most recent new development is the addition of the new retail floor, the development of the entertainment zone. Afra Bazaar an adding of a spacious car park this new development increased the shopping center’s total retail square meter to 21.008. Afra Mall is equipped to comfortably meet the demands of every visitor.

It is far from the meeting venue 11.3 Km, takes about 21 minutes driving

Al Waha Mall

Al Waha Mall & Offices officially opened on the 1st July, 2012. Since then it has been a landmark for central Khartoum, Sudan. The project consists of a shopping mall & offices towers.
Al Waha Mall & Offices is introducing a new experience and a new lifestyle for the local community and there for the slogan used "Experience a New Lifestyle" says it all.
Al Waha Mall 'Experience Shopping in Khartoum'
Accordingly, the mall structure of five floors is divided as follows:
1)Second Floor – food court
2)First Floor – mix tenants, specialized markets
3)Ground Floor – mix tenants, specialized markets
4)Lower Ground Floor – hypermarket, specialized markets
5)Basement and Lower Basement – car park.

It is far from the meeting venue 2 km, takes about 20 minutes walking

Contacts

For all administrative and technical queries, particularly before the arrival in Sudan, participants
may visit the website:

http://nccw.gov.sd/

Or contact the following:

Husameldin Ismail Bakhet

National Council for Child Welfare

Planning and information department

Tel: +249 912993319

E-mail: husam_aldin@hotmail.com
 

Mohammed Ahmed eisa

National Council for Child Welfare

Executive Office

Tel: +249 9 1212103696

E-mail: mhisda@yahoo.com