Commonwealth ICT and Telecommunications Forum 2019

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TRAVEL

Visa requirements

Delegates are strongly advised to check all entry and visa requirements on the websites of Bangladeshi Embassies and High Commissions.

Invitation letters will be issued upon request to assist delegates with the visa process. Delegates who require this assistance and also on-arrival visa should submit the following details at least one one month prior to the event to host and CTO’s designated points of contact:

  1. A copy of the passport or full name as written on Passport.
  2. Date and Place of Birth.
  3. Passport number.
  4. Date of Passport issuance.
  5. Date of Passport expiration.
  6. Nationality.
  7. Date of Arrival.
  8. Date of Departure.
  9. Hotel Booking.
  10. A valid email address

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country Profile

Bangladesh is located in Southern Asia, bordered by India to the north, west and east, Myanmar to the southeast and the Bay of Bengal to the south. The country’s total land area is 143,998 sq. km and occupies one of the largest river deltas in the world. Its topography is comprised of fertile alluvial plains and an extensive network of rivers. The country became a sovereign nation in 1971. Bangladesh is a secular parliamentary republic with an elected parliament. Bangladesh is among the most densely populated countries in the world with over 164.7 million people. Bangla is the mother tongue and English is widely spoken. The majority of the population are Muslim (around 88%), with the remaining a mixture of Christian, Buddhist and Hindu. Administratively, Bangladesh is divided into 8 Divisions and 64 Districts. Dhaka is the capital and largest city of the country.  It is historically famous and one the oldest cities of the region.

Host

The CTO Forum and the Council meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Posts Telecommunications & Information Technology (MoPTICT) and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

Venue

Inter Continental Dhaka

1 Minto Road,

Dhaka-1000,

Bangladesh.

Parking
Complimentary parking for all guests is available at the hotel’s multi-level parking facility with accommodation for 1200 cars.

Parking for buses must be approved through the Sales or Events Department.

Other Transportation

Local Transport

Taxis

Transport facilities to/from Airport will be provided to delegates from/ to hotels mentioned in the list. The host will have a liaison officer to help coordinate the arrival of delegates at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Transport will also be provided to various social events organised by the host for delegates.

Health requirements
Though, there are no compulsory medical requirements, persons suffering from communicable diseases are advised not to attend the events. In Dhaka and other parts of the country, there is no history of outbreak of communicable diseases like malaria in recent years. In case of emergency hospital facilities including ambulance services are available 24/7. Costs of medical services should be borne by the individual. However, first aid service will be available in all recommended hotels.
Climate

The climate is subtropical with an average summer temperature of approximately 27C (80F). Annual monsoon (June to October) brings heavy rainfall to most parts of the country,

Money and currency exchange rates

The unit of currency is Taka (BDT).

Major credit cards are widely accepted.

To check up to date exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com.

Water and Electricity
It is advisable to use ONLY bottled water for drinking purposes. 220 Volts AC 50Hz. The power sockets generally available in Bangladesh are the “Type G” British BS-1363, “Type D” Indian 5 amp BS-546 (round) and BS 4573 (UK shaver). It is advisable to come along with Global adaptors/Multiplug.
Airport
Shah Jalal International Airport is the largest and main airport in Bangladesh located in Uttara, 11 miles (17 kilometres) from Dhaka city. A relatively new airport, Shah Jalal International was named in honour of Muslim Sufi Shah Jalal.

The airport is a primary air travel gateway into Bangladesh and the hub of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the country’s national airline. Its strategic geographical location makes the airport an ideal transfer point for leisure and business passengers travelling around Bangladesh. Over 4 million international and 1 million domestic passengers as well as 150,000 tons of freight and mail exchange use Shah Jalal International Airport (DAC) on an annual basis. The airport is well equipped with terminal buildings, hangers, sophisticated radar, a freight village (warehouse) and other modern equipment for handling aircraft. Biman Bangladesh Airlines operates to almost all major cities of the world. International carriers serving Bangladesh include Aeroflot, British Airways, Emirates, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Saudi Airways, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways. Regional flight services are managed by Aero Bengal Airlines, Air Parabat, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and GMG Airlines. Regular flights are run between Dhaka and several other main cities. They are economical, and most routes are served at least two or three times a week. Shah Jalal Airport has terminal buildings, hangars, technical areas, a freight village (warehouse), and other modern equipment for handling aircraft. It connects almost all the major cities of the world with Bangladesh. From here, Biman Bangladesh goes to 31 cities on 4 continents.

Language

Bangla is the common language and English is widely spoken.

Time zone

+ 6 hours Greenwich Mean Time.

Telecommunications

SIM cards will be sold by representatives of mobile phone operators at the conference venue. Copy of ID or passport for foreign visitors is required for the purchase of SIM cards.

The Secretariat at the Conference venue will be equipped with fixed telephone line, facsimile service and internet access. There will also be WIFI at the venue.

Electricity

It is advisable to use bottled water for drinking purposes. 220 Volts AC 50Hz. The power sockets generally available in Bangladesh are the “Type G” British BS-1363, “Type D” Indian 5 amp BS-546 (round) and BS 4573 (UK shaver). It is advisable to come along with Global adaptors/Multiplug.

 

Tourism attractions

The host and the CTO are in the process of organising social events which will be communicated to delegates in due course.

Credit Cards and Banks
Major international credit cards are widely accepted for transactions.

Government Offices open from 8.00am to 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 4.00pm on Fridays. Most banks open from 9.00 am – 3.30pm on weekdays.

Bureau de change operators are available at the airport and throughout the country. ATMs are also widely available throughout the country.

Business hours

Banking hours are 1000-1600 Hrs (Sunday to Thursday).

Currency exchange operators are available at the airport and throughout the country. ATMs are also widely available throughout the country.

Local transportation

Transport facilities to/from Airport will be provided to delegates from/ to hotels mentioned in the list. The host will have a liaison officer to help coordinate the arrival of delegates at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Transport will also be provided to various social events organised by the host for delegates.

 

Further Information:

Robert Hayman,
Event Manager, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization
Tel: +44 (0)20 8600 3805
Fax: +44 (0) 208 600 3819

Lt. Col. Mohammad Azizur Rahman Siddiqui,
Focal Point and Director of System and Services Division, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

Tel: +880 1552 202725