1. All participants attending the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) and associated events to be held in Yaoundé between 2nd and 10th October, 2014, are kindly requested to familiarise themselves with the information circular before registering for the CPC 2014.
2. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat is responsible for the organisation and conduct of the meetings while the CPA Cameroon Branch will provide the conference facilities, accommodation, hospitality and local transportation, where necessary.
3. KEY DATES
Online registration Opens Monday 12 May, 2014
Monday 12 May, 2014
Monday 12 May, 2014
Deadline for Acceptance of Invitations Friday 6 June, 2014
Deadline for List of Delegates, Biographical Details & Photos Friday 30 June, 2014
Deadline for Travel & Accommodation/Tour Forms Friday 11 July, 2014
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURE
CWP Steering Committee Members and Co-ordinating Committee Thursday 2 October, 2014
Executive Committee Members Friday 3 October, 2014
Small Branches Conference Delegates Friday 3 October, 2014
All delegates/observers and accompanying persons and Society of Clerks- at-the-Table Sunday 5 October, 2014
All Departures Friday 10 October, 2014
5. CONFERENCE CO-ORDINATORS
Hon. MONJOWA LIFAKA EMILIA
Address: National Assembly of Cameroon
P.O Box 4808
Mobile phone : (+237) 99 89 51 39/ 77 88 09 67
Telephone: (+237) 22231535 / 33241363 / 33241364
Fax : (+237) 22 23 54 62 / 22231535
Website : http://cpc2014.assnat.cm
MS MEENAKSHI DHAR
Director of Programmes
Address : CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Suite 700,Westminster House
7 Millbank, London
United Kingdom, SW1P 3JA
Telephone : (+44 20) 7799 1460
Fax : (+44 20) 7222 6073
Website : www.cpahq.org
6. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
Invitations will be sent to Branches by email, fax and post on 12 May, 2014. The CPC2014 website will also go live (http://cpc2014.assnat.cm) on 12 May, 2014 and delegates will be able to register using the online registration system.
Branches unable to register online should download the forms and send the duly filled forms by email (scanned) or fax to the above-mentioned addresses of the Conference Co-ordinator at the National Assembly of Cameroon as well as to the CPA HQ/Secretariat in London. List of Delegates and Biographical Details must be submitted on or before 30 June, 2014 and the Travel Information/ Accommodation and Tour Forms must be submitted on or before 11 July, 2014.
CPA Headquarters Secretariat will monitor registrations. Only the Branches that have paid their association membership fees in full are permitted to send delegates/secretaries to attend the Conference. Delegates and secretaries of Branches whose membership fees are overdue will not be accepted as attendees. Payments of any such outstanding membership fees must be made to the CPA Headquarters Secretariat and received in the Secretariat’s London office on or before 30 June, 2014.
7. BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS
In order to guarantee the accuracy of information and to ensure consistency in the formatting of the biography booklet, participants must fill out the online form available in the registration section or the forms received along with the invitation. Published biographies will be derived from the material provided in this form. If biographies are too lengthy, editorial decisions may be made to summarise the biographies. Please note that résumés will not be accepted.
A current passport photo is required for the biography book and for the production of conference passes. Those who register online can upload the photo electronically using the online delegate registration system; otherwise send two photos with the biographical form.
8. REGISTRATION CATEGORIES
a) Delegates and Secretaries.
Details on the number of delegates/secretaries that each Branch is entitled to send are set out in the individual letters of invitation.
Spouses/Partners of delegates and Society of Clerks-at-the-Table (SOCATT) are welcome to participate, provided they have registered and paid the fee of US$ 1300 to cover the costs of accommodation, meals, internal transport, tours and social functions. No provision will be made for children of any age. A local sight-seeing programme to various places of interest in Yaoundé will be arranged for the spouses/partners during the period of the Conference. Please note that those registered as a spouse/partner will be expected to share a double room with the relevant participant.
c) Observers (Including accompanying persons)
Branches may apply for observers to attend the Conference and they will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on the availability of space and on the basis that they will participate fully in all the Conference meetings. Observers will be charged an observer fee of US$3200 to cover the cost of accommodation, meals, internal transport, tours, and social functions.
9. SOCIETY OF CLERKS-AT-THE-TABLE (SOCATT)
Members of the SOCATT, who are not otherwise registered for the Conference are responsible for the cost of their travel and will be charged a fee of US$2100 to cover the cost of accommodation, meals, transport and evening functions.
10. CPC2014 FEES
Fees for Spouses / Partners, SOCATT delegates and Observers must be paid in advance by bank transfer, no later than 30 July, 2014. Fees are payable only in US Dollars.
Registration fees should be paid in advance by Banker’s Draft in US Dollars, made payable to the ‘60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference 2014’ via the following bank details.
Name of the holder of the account : ASSEMBLEE NATIONALE – 60ème Conférence du Commonwealth
Bank name : SOCIETE GENERALE DE BANQUE AU CAMEROUN
Account Number : 22020493368 – 41
Branch Code: 00200
Bank Code : 10003
Sort Code: CM21
SWIFT Codes SGCMCMCX
Payment by Other Means
In exceptional circumstances payments may be made upon arrival at the Conference, but this must be discussed and agreed to by the Conference Co-ordinator (Hon. Monjowa Lifaka Emilia, MP) in advance. Payments on arrival must be in US Dollars only. It will therefore be the responsibility of delegates to have the money converted to US Dollars.
11. TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Flights: Please note that travel should be routed through to Yaounde-Nsimalen Airport or the Douala International Airport. Delegates who arrive through Douala will be transported by road to Yaounde. It will take more than three hours to drive from Douala to Yaounde. The following airlines fly into Yaounde or Douala: CAMAIR-CO, Kenya Airways, Air France, Turkish Airlines,
Brussels Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airlines, Asky Airlines, Rwandan Airlines, Arik Nigerian Airlines, Air Cote d’Ivoire.
CAMAIR-CO is the national carrier.
Reception Desks will be operated at the Yaoundé-Nsimalen Airport and the Douala International Airport during the official arrival and departure dates round the clock to assist the participants. The Reception Desks will display the Conference Logo and the Title “CPC 2014”.
Delegates will be met on arrival at the two airports and assistance will be provided to clear airport formalities. Ground transport will be provided by the Host Branch.
The Conference Secretariat/Host Branch is responsible for transporting participants to the Yaoundé-Nsimalen Airport and the Douala International Airport for departures on the official departure date. If your departure details differ from the originally informed schedule, it is advisable to fill and return departure forms available at the information desks at the hotels and the Conference venue.
Duly filled Travel & Accommodation forms must reach the Conference Secretariat on or before the date of deadline. The Conference Secretariat will not be responsible for transport and providing assistance at the airport for the delegates who submit the Travel & Accommodation forms AFTER the deadline.
12. LUGGAGE TAGS
To facilitate identification and handling, all participants are required to affix the luggage tags that will be sent to Branches well in advance. It is requested that these be prominently displayed on all pieces of baggage for the purpose of easy identification and handling by the officials of the Host Branch.
Appropriate entry visas would be required for the delegates to enter Cameroon. The Cameroon High Commissions in all Commonwealth Countries will be made aware of the Conference and all the concerned Missions will be requested to provide entry visas to the delegates as and when they approach them. Delegates should make visa applications in good time. Visas will also be issued on arrival to Delegates who could not obtain their visas before travelling.
A letter from the competent Immigration Officer in Cameroon will be sent to all Branches in due course to facilitate travelling to Cameroon.
14. GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Transport will be provided by luxury buses to all official functions during the period of the conference. All delegates will be served on equal basis in their capacity as conference delegates. Delegates are strongly discouraged from using private transport during the conference programme as vehicular access to the conference venue will be restricted to official vehicles only.
Transport service will be in operation at the times mentioned in the programme and it will not be possible to facilitate additional transport facilities for delegates who do not comply with the transport schedule. Individual Cars and Drivers will not be provided.
Hotels: Accommodation will be provided to delegates at the hotels listed below. Delegates and participants will be allocated rooms in these hotels by the Conference Secretariat.
Delegates who wish to upgrade their rooms to suites will have to pay the additional costs involved to the hotels. Any such request should be made known to the Conference Secretariat well in advance, for necessary arrangements.
1. Yaounde Hilton Hotel
P.O. Box 11852 Yaoundé
Tel.: +237 22 23 36 46
Fax: +237 22 23 32 46
2. MONT FEBE
P.O. Box 711 Yaoundé
Tel.: +237 22 21 40 02/22 21 40 99
Fax: +237 22 21 60 70
2. Djeuga Palace
P.O. Box 2659 Yaoundé
Tel.: +237 22 20 03 46
Fax: +237 22 22 64 26
4. Hotel Franco
P.O. Box 3336 Yaoundé
Tel.: +237 22 20 13 08
Fax: +237 22 20 13 11
3. Hotel La Falaise
Tel: +237 22 22 56 15
4. Hotel des Députes
P.O. Box 24 Yaounde
Tel: +237 22 22 56 15
Fax: +237 22 22 69 57
CPA Cameroon Branch will pay for the room on bed and breakfast basis at the hotels listed above for the duration of the conference. Meal Coupons will be given for dinner for the duration of the Conference.
CPA Cameroon Branch will not pay for extras, such as additional nights’ accommodation, meals not offered as a part of the official programme, drinks in the bar, room service, laundry, mini-bar and phone calls. Delegates and participants are required to pay for these facilities at the time of availing the service or at the time of checkout.
On arrival at the Conference Centre, delegates should go to the CPC2014 registration and information desk.
On arrival at the hotels delegates should go to the Information Desks setup in the hotels to collect their room keys. Room keys will only be issued to the delegates after the registration process is completed.
At check-in delegates must provide credit card details to guarantee payment for any extras. Those without a credit card will be required to pay US$150 cash deposit. Unused deposit will be refunded in US Dollars upon check-out.
Check-in time is 1400 hours and the check-out time is 1200 hours. The Conference Secretariat will assist delegates who may wish to stay for additional nights either before or after the conference. Those who require such assistance should inform the Conference Secretariat well in advance so that necessary arrangements are made in this regard. The costs involved will be the responsibility of the delegates.
16. GENERAL INFORMATION
Programme: A copy of the Draft Outline Programme is available on the CPC2014 website. The programmes for the Executive Committee meetings, Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians’ Steering Committee, Small Branches Conference, Plenary Sessions, Society of Clerks-at-the- Table and Spouses’/Partners’ programme will also be available on the CPA HQ website.
Venues and Meetings: Meetings will take place at the venues indicated in the Outline Programme. All meetings will start promptly at the time indicated on the programme.
Registration and Information: A Registration and Information Desk will be located at the Conference Venue (Yaoundé Conference Centre) and Information desks will be located at the hotels.
Delegates not registering online should submit 2 photographs to the Conference Secretariat. The photographs should have the name of the delegate, country and the CPA branch printed on the back of each photo. The photographs should not be clipped, pinned or stapled.
Delegates who do not submit an acceptable photograph in advance will take a longer time to complete the registration process in Yaoundé.
Delegates must wear their conference pass to access the conference venue, social functions or to take official transport to meetings/events. For security reasons access will be tightly controlled and those without a pass will not be permitted entry. Delegates are asked to report, lost or stolen badges to the Liaison Officer assigned to them, immediately.
Group Photograph: On the day of the official opening of the conference, a group photograph of all the delegates will be taken and a copy of which will be provided to each delegate. The venue and time of the group photograph would be conveyed to all delegates via the Handbook to be published for the conference.
Information Bulletin: A daily Information Bulletin containing highlights of the previous day’s activities and details of the day’s programme, notices and any other additional information, which might be of interest to the delegates, will be issued every morning and will also be available at Information Desks.
Internet Café: An Internet Café will be available at the conference venue. An officer from the
Host Branch will be onsite to offer assistance to delegates.
Media Centre: A Press Service will operate at the conference venue. It will be open to correspondents of national and international press, radio and television. Journalists wishing to cover the conference will receive identity badges issued by the Host Branch Secretariat.
Press/Media: Correspondents of national and international press, radio and television, must apply for accreditation to the conference. Written applications must be received by the Conference Coordinator no later than 30 July, 2014. Applicants should provide a photograph (jpeg) with their names, date of birth, address, telephone numbers, email address, details of the publication/organisation for whom they are working, editor’s name/contact details and times of the meetings they wish to attend. Applicants will be asked to show a valid press card and photographic identification when collecting their conference pass.
Climate: The weather at this time of the year in Yaoundé is characterized by sunshine and rainfall. The maximum daytime temperature is 27°C and the minimum night-time temperature is
19°C. There is moderate heat and humidity.
Dress: Business dress or traditional dress is appropriate for meetings and evening events. Casual dress and comfortable shoes are suggested for the excursions.
Currency: The currency used in Cameroon is the CFA Franc, however, the US Dollar and the Euro are widely accepted. Some international currencies can be exchanged at hotels and nearby banks. Rates of exchange might vary slightly from one institution to another. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels and a few shops.
Cameroon has a voltage of 220 V and two pin plugs are widely used. Delegates may wish to carry an adaptor for the purpose.
Immunisation requirements to travel to Cameroon
Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required from all travellers over 1 year of age issued not less than 10 days prior to arrival in Cameroon.
Medical Facilities: We wish all delegates a healthy stay. However to meet any health exigencies, first aid medical facilities will be available throughout the period of the conference at the respective hotels and at the conference venue. Delegates requiring urgent medical attention should alert the Liaison Officer assigned to them or inform the Information Desk in the hotels or at the conference venue. The cost of treatment of conditions other than which are routine or minor, is the responsibility of the delegate.
Insurance: Insurance for travel, personal accident, medical emergencies, loss of luggage, currency and against any damage or injury or loss of life resulting from acts of war, hostility or terrorist activity will be the responsibility of individual delegate.
Photographs: A conference photographer will capture images throughout the conference. A selection of photographs will be published on the conference website. Conference photographs will be available for purchase at the conference venue.
Conference Tour: On 7 October, 2014, tours will be arranged for the delegates and all other participants and their spouses/partners. The delegates will be given the opportunity on a first- come-first-served basis to select the destination of their choice out of the options given in the tour forms.
Airport Tax: All delegates will be required to pay airport tax of FCFA10, 000 (about US$25) in cash on departure from Cameroon.
Liaison with High Commissioners
All countries with diplomatic representation in Cameroon will be notified of the conference and will receive copies of the programme. High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries will be invited to attend the Opening Ceremony at the Yaoundé Conference Centre on Monday, 6th October, 2014.
Any other information relevant to the conference will be circulated to all CPA Branches in due course.
We look forward to welcoming all the delegates to Yaoundé, Cameroon and wish them an enjoyable stay during the Conference.
Please check the conference website regularly for updates about CPC2014 http://cpc2014.assnat.cm.