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Here is some useful information to help you plan your trip.


Networking opportunities are a priority at the Congress. Plenty of time has been allowed for networking during coffee breaks, lunch breaks, evening events and post-Congress tours.


You can collect your badge for the Congress from 8 May. Where possible we ask delegates to collect their badges the day before the start of the Congress to avoid congestion on the opening morning. You will need to bring your e-ticket and ID with you to collect your badge. More information about registration will follow closer to the Congress.


Adika Taxi Services provides quality modern taxi services to residents, tourists and the diplomatic community.

Adika Taxi Services


The average temperature in Addis Ababa in May is 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit). The city sits at an elevation of 2,300 metres (7,500 ft), and can therefore become cool in the evenings. Due to this subtropical highland climate the temperature can vary considerably, so it is advisable to pack warm layers.


The two main religions in Ethiopia are Christianity and Islam. There is no strict dress code or alcohol policy.


The crime rate is relatively low in Addis Ababa, with the main risk to visitors being pickpocketing and petty unarmed thefts.

There is a general threat from terrorism, as in most countries, so please be vigilant as attacks may be indiscriminate, including in places visited by tourists. Ethiopia has suffered from recent border wars, and we therefore advise remaining as central as possible. However, around 20,000 British nationals visit Ethiopia every year without encountering any problems. 


It is recommended you buy comprehensive medical and travel insurance.

Hospital and pharmacy

The closest (private) hospital is in central Addis Ababa on Ras Mekonen Street, not far from the UNECA.

Bethzatha Hospital

Public holidays

There are no public holidays during the Congress dates.


Wednesdays and Fridays are 'fasting days' when most Ethiopians tend not to eat meat. It is advisable to order vegetarian food on those days if you are eating at a non-tourist establishment, as meat may not be fresh! Most local dishes will be served with injera, a springy and mildly tangy bread which is used to mop up stews.