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Practical Information about Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country situated in Southern Africa with a population of around 2 million people. A country with four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies,and significant capital investment, it is considered to be one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Botswana has good communication network, a well maintained and efficient road systemlinking to other SADC countries. In terms of internet connectivity, it has been reported to be the third best country in Africa.

Visa Information

Click here to view the list of countries that do and do not require a visa to enter Botswana. 

Event hosts BOCRA have arranged for the Botswanan Immigration Service to provide a cover letter for all delegates that requrie a visa. In order to obtain this letter, delegates must fill out a visa application form and send this to Jordan Francombe at subsaharaspectrum@forum-global.com, with a scanned copy of their passport/travel documents by 30/4/19.

Health
The major health risks in Botswana are malaria and typhoid. Malaria is a particular risk between November and June in the northern parts of the country. There are no compulsory vaccinations, but a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from Travelers over one year of age coming from infected countries. Strongly recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Weather
The hottest time of year in Botswana is between October and April when shade temperatures rise to the 38°C mark. This is as well the rainy season for Botswana. Rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional. Showers are often followed by strong sunshine so that a good deal of the rainfall does not penetrate the ground but is lost to evaporation and transpiration. Average day temperature: October to March 68°F - 105°F / 20°C - 40°C, April to September 33°F – 68°F / 0°C – 20°C.

 

Currency

1 Pula (BWP) = 100 Thebe
Notes: 200, 100, 50, 20, 10
Coins: 50, 25, 10 and 5 Thebe

Travel
Air Travel to Botswana is predominantly through South Africa. Travelers to Botswana are therefore advised to ensure they have all the requirements to transit through South Africa.Airlines flying to Gaborone: South African, Namibian Airlines, Air Botswana.

Electricity:
230V AC 50Hz Round/square type three-pin plugs are used.

International Telephone Dialing
Int. Code + 267.

 

Conference Venue
The conference will take place at the Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino. More information about the venue, including contact information can be found in the logistics tab on the right hand side of the page.

Hotel Accommodation
Forum Global have secured preferrential rates at the conference venue - The Avani Gaborone Resort. The rate is 1,300 Pula (including breakfast) and delegates can access this rate by sending a request, via email, to gaborone@avanihotels.com quoting the booking code: ‘BOC0519’. Delegates should state that they are participating in the events taking place at the venue from 27-31 May.

Cost of Participation

This event is free of charge for all attendees. However, for corporate organisations, this is limited to a maximum of two complimentary places per organisation. For any additional delegates who wish to attend, a registration fee of €500 per person will apply. For more information regarding this or to check if anybody from your organisation is already registered, please contact jordan.francombe@forum-europe.com. 

 
Registration
Registration for the main conference starts at 8:00am, with the conference scheduled to start at 9:00am sharp. Please collect your delegate badge and conference literature from the desk on arrival, which will be the main information point for the event and will be manned throughout the day.
 
Languages

All presentations and discussions will be held in English and French, simultaneous translation will be available throughout. 

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