Accra 2011 Event



Host:









Supported by:



Ministry of Communications, Ghana


Sponsors:

















Main One Cable

Vodafone Ghana





5th AfTLD African ccTLD Event

18 - 22 April 2011
          Theme: "Enhancing Internet Management in Africa"
Mensvic Grand Hotel
Accra, Ghana
      

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About Ghana

Ghana, a country on the West Coast of Africa, is one of the most thriving democracies on the continent. It has often been referred to as an "island of peace" in one of the most chaotic regions on earth. It shares boundaries with Togo to the east, la Cote d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea, to the south. A recent discovery of oil in the Gulf of Guinea could make Ghana an important oil producer and exporter in the next few years.

The country's economy is dominated by agriculture, which employs about 40 percent of the working population. Ghana is one of the leading exporters of cocoa in the world. It is also a significant exporter of commodities such as gold and lumber. A country covering an area of238,500 square kilometres, Ghana has an estimated population of 22 million, drawn from more than one hundred ethnic groups - each with its own unique language. English, however, is the official language, a legacy of British colonial rule.

In 1957, Ghana (formerly known as the Gold Coast) became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence. After leading the country for nine years, the nation's founding president, Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown in a coup d'etat in 1966. After Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana was ruled by a series of military despots with intermittent experiments with democratic rule, most of which were curtailed by military takeovers. The latest and most enduring democratic experiment started in 1992 and it is what has gained recognition for Ghana as a leading democracy in Africa.

Ghana has several tourist attractions such as thecastles. Most of the major international airlines fly into and from the international airport in Accra. Domestic air travel is thriving and the country has a vibrant telecommunications sector, with five cellular phone operators and several internet service providers.

System of government: Ghana is a parliamentary democratic republic.

Capital: With a population of around 1,970,400, Accra is the capital of Ghana.

Religion: Majority of the population are Christians (70%25), followed by Islam (15%25).

Official Language: English is the official language in Ghana.

Time Zone: The standard time of Ghana is the same as GMT.


Currency

The cedi (currency sign: ; currency code: GHS) is the unit of currency of Ghana. One cedi is divided into one hundred pesewas. Current exchange rates USD and EUR are as follows:

(February 22nd 2011)

1 US Dollar = 1.52320 Ghanaian New Cedi 
1 Euro = 2.08392 Ghanaian New Cedi 


Entry Visas

All foreigners entering Ghana require Entry Visas. Entry Visas must be obtained prior to arrival in Ghana and may be obtained from a Ghana Embassy, High Commission or Consulate abroad. The following nationals are exempt from Entry Visa: ECOWAS member countries, Nationals of Kenya, Malaysia And Singapore and persons in direct airside transit.

Where Ghana has no Consular or Diplomatic representation, an application for Entry Visa may be made to the nearest Diplomatic Mission or Consulate authorised by the Government of Ghana to act on its behalf .

Ghana Entry Visa may be issued on arrival if the Director of Immigration has prior notification from travellers or their sponsors.  For full details of travel requirements to Ghana please click here

The local host will assist participants who cannot obtain before arrival to obtain visa on arrival. If you want to obtain a visa on arrival, please send email to secretariat@aftld.org


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. Annual rainfall ranges from about 1,100 mm (about 43 in) in the north to about 2,100 mm (about 83 in) in the southeast. 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. For more on climate, please click here.

Units of measure and electricity

Ghana follows the metric system of measurement and the official unit of electricity is 220 V to 240 V and 50 Hz.. Power plugs are British type with three plongs. It is advisable to bring along universal or multi-socket  adaptors for non-british plugs.

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