Background to the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference
Objectives of the Conference
To be updated
Venue of the Conference
The 10th WTO Ministerial Conference will be held in Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya, from 15-18 December 2015
Protocol arrangements on arrival and departure
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and MOI International Airport (MIA), depending on the individual’s flight itineraries, are official ports of entry and departure for everyone entering the Republic of Kenya for the purposes of attending the conference.
Additional arrangement will also been made at the JKIA airport to receive and transfer all the Delegates from international to the domestic terminals if need be.
Immigration and Health Requirements’
(a) Information on Visas
(b) Health Requirements
All visitors to Kenya who travel from or through Yellow fever endemic areas, as designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) must carry valid certificates of vaccination.
These certificates will be checked upon arrival at JKIA or MIA to ensure the validity of vaccinations. Delegates failing to provide proof thereof will be required to submit to vaccination prior to entry into the country. (Please also see under Medical and Health Services below.)
Medical and Health Services
(a) Medical Treatment
Delegates are encouraged to obtain medical travel insurance from reputable organisations. Such insurance are relatively cheap and will ensure a trouble free trip should medical treatment be required. Medical treatment at private facilities in Kenya is relatively expensive with public facilities being slightly overstretched for services rendered. However, there will be two doctors on call based at the conference venue and first aid facilities will be available.
(b) Yellow Fever
In terms of the International Health Regulations Act, any person travelling from, or through, a Yellow fever endemic area is required to provide proof of having a valid Yellow fever vaccination prior to being allowed to enter Kenya. Should a person not be able to provide such proof, such person shall have the option of being vaccinated on-site (at their own cost) or being placed in quarantine for 6 days.
Due to the high cost of this, it is strongly recommended that affected visitors be vaccinated prior to their travel.
Affected countries are listed in terms of an annual World Health Organisation publication. This publication can be viewed on the Internet at:
For ease of reference, all African countries that fall within the Yellow Fever Belt are listed below:
i. Angola & Sierra Leone
ii. Benin & Somalia
iii. Burkina Faso & Republic of Sudan
iv. Burundi & Senegal
v. Cameroon & Rwanda
vi. Central African Republic & Republic of Tanzania
vii. Chad & Togo
viii. Congo Brazzaville & Uganda
ix. Côte d’Ivoire & Sao Tome & Principe
x. Democratic Republic of Congo & Mali
xi. Equatorial Guinea & Niger
xii. Ethiopia & Nigeria
xvi. Guinea Bissau
The area around Nairobi falls OUTSIDE the malaria risk area in Kenya. Visitors need not therefore take any precautions relating to contracting malaria.
(d) General health information
The tap water in Kenya is fairly safe to drink.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
(a) The country has fast broadband Internet access using the underground fibre optic cables. An Internet Café with internet access and printers for use of delegates will be available at the conference venue
(b) There is adequate Mobile Cell phone coverage within Nairobi. Cell phone coverage from all Kenyan mobile phone service providers is available, that is, Safaricom, Airtel and YU Cell phone service providers are available at the JKIA and MIA Airports which also provide Internet gateway using GPRS/EDGE or 3G. All a delegate required is a passport to acquire a SIM Card.
Registration and Accreditation of Delegates
To be updated by WTO Secretariat
The Ministers’ attention is drawn to the fact that, should there be a Security Officer, Support Staff or Delegates accompanying the Minister, separate accommodation arrangements must be made in good time with their resident missions in Kenya.
Transport for the following categories
- Secretariat from WTO Geneva
Transport will be provided as follows from the airport to the respective hotels and from the hotels to the venue Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC). At the end of the conference Transport will be provided from the hotels to the airport.
The Kenya Government takes responsibility for the overall security of visiting Ministers, Heads of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and all delegates for the duration of the conference. Special security arrangements will apply at the meeting venue and access will strictly be limited to duly accredited persons
NB: For all Ministers travelling with their own Security Officer(s), the Government of Kenya will not be responsible for their accommodation (Security Officers).
The following firearms shall not be allowed into the country:-
- Automatic weapons
- Assault rifles
Permits for bearing firearms will only be effective as of the arrival of the Minister and shall be revoked after his/her departure from the Republic of Kenya.
Provisional Schedule of Activities
Banking Services and Currency
Kenya’s normal working hours are Monday to Friday and the official Banking hours are from 09h00 to 16h00 on weekdays and from 09h00 to 11h00 on Saturdays.
Banking amenities are available at commercial banks and shopping malls near the Conference Venue and hotels where delegates will be accommodated. Most banks have cash dispensing machines accepting Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus. Bureau de Change and banking facilities are also available at the conference venue.
Most internationally recognised currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged at commercial banks, hotels and international airports. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency that may be imported into Kenya by individual non-residents, provided that it is declared on arrival to facilitate the exportation thereof on departure.
The unit of currency is the Kenyan Shilling (Ksh.) that is divided into 100 cents. Exchange rates are subject to fluctuation. At the time of printing the rate of exchange was approximately US$1 = Ksh:93/=.
The Central Business District is approximately 12 Kms from the JKIA Airport and the flying time from Nairobi to Mombasa or Kisumu is approximately 35 minutes. It’s approximately a twenty (30) minutes drive from the JKIA International Airport to the KICC.
The Government of the Republic of Kenya will bears no responsibility for the following:-
- Delegates Air fares
- Landing and parking fees for any visiting aircraft
- Additional car rental (other than those provided by the State)
- Telephone calls, telex/facsimile communication
- Personal entertainment, including hotel mini-bars, in-house videos and expenses of a personal nature
- Private security services
- Visits to game parks and other leisure resorts for private purposes
NB: Such charges should be settled during the course of the visit. Should the charge not be settled on departure, they shall be directed to the resident mission of the visiting delegates country for prompt payment.
The power supply in Kenya is 220vAC, 50Hz. Electrical sockets are square three pronged.
The time in Kenya is GMT +3
Business and Shopping Hours
Offices and businesses are generally open from 08h30 to 17h00, Monday to Friday.
Shopping hours vary but most shops are open from 09h00 to 17h00 Monday – Friday.
Opening times on Saturdays vary but range between 09h00 and 17h00.
Most shops are also open on Sundays between 09h00 to 15h00/16h00. Value-Added Tax (VAT) is charged on most goods and services except when purchased in duty-free shops at international airports. The current VAT rate is 16%.
Nearby Shopping Malls
The KICC is a short distance from Yaya, Nakumatt Junction, Galleria and Sarit Shopping Centres.
Transport within the City
There are taxi services in various part of Nairobi City. However, more reliable information and secure services, it is advisable to enquire at your hotel reception.
Accommodation within the City
Accommodation in Nairobi is easily available. The following are some of the recoomended hotels and their contacts. Delegates are however advised to book the accommodation directly a hotel of their choice and in good time
Responsibility for the Conference
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Trade Organization (WTO) are jointly responsible for the general organisation and conduct of the Conference. This includes logistical support such as the Conference facilities, Security, Protocol, Transport and Accreditation.
For general information about the conference, please contact the following person(s) for all enquiries and correspondence:-