51ST PLENARY ASSEMBLY SESSION OF THE SADC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM 7TH TO 16TH JULY, 2022, LILONGWE, MALAWI Featured
THEME: "Towards Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Self Sufficiency in the
SADC Region" GENERAL INFORMATION CIRCULAR
The information contained in this document is meant to guide delegates to 51st SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) Plenary Assembly which will be held physically in Lilongwe, Malawi from 7th to 16th May, 2022.
The Parliament of Malawi is honoured to host the meeting and would like, therefore, to extend its warm welcome to all the delegates Malawi.
2. Venue and Format of the meetings
The 51st Plenary Assembly Session will be held physically at Bingu International Convention Center (BICC) which is located at the City Centre in the Capital City of Lilongwe, about 30 minutes -drive from Kamuzu International Airport. However, the delegates who are not able to travel to Lilongwe may also join the meeting on line through Zoom Platform which will be created.
i. 7th July - Arrival of the SADC PF Secretariat
ii. 8th July - Meeting between SADC PF Secretariat and the Host Secretariat
iii. 9th July - Arrival of the SADC PF President
iv. 10th July - Arrival of all other Delegates
v. 11th July - Official Opening Ceremony (Morning) and Plenary Symposium (Afternoon)
vi. 12th to 14th July - Plenary Assembly Session
vii. 15th July - Excursions
viii. 16th July - Departure for all Delegates
All documents for the meeting will be circulated in electronic form on a portal to be set up. No hard copies will be provided at the venue of the meetings. In this regard, the delegates are being advised to bring their laptops in order to be able to access the documents electronically.
Each delegate must be in possession of a valid passport and those that require a visa should make the necessary arrangements upon entry into Malawi. For most SADC countries, visas can be issued on arrival.
6. Reception on Arrival
Delegates will be met on arrival at Kamuzu International Airport by Protocol Officers from the Host Secretariat who will assist and accompany the delegates to their respective hotels.
Parliaments are, therefore, being advised to submit the travel itineraries for their delegates to the Malawi Parliament at least by 20th June, 2022, with copies to the SADC Parliamentary Forum.
Registration of delegates will be done on arrival at the Information Desk which will be located at the venue of the meeting. In order to speed up the registration process, the delegates are being requested to submit in advance details of their information including passport size photos.
8. Transport Arrangement
The Malawi Parliament will be responsible for local transport arrangements for the delegates during arrival, departure and to and from the meeting venue and the recommended hotels listed under Paragraph 12 of this Information Circular.
Any transport requirement outside the Meeting Programme will be regarded as private and delegates will be expected to meet the cost of such services.
9. Security Arrangement
The Malawi Government, through its security agencies, will provide security to the delegates based on international practice throughout the duration of the meeting.
The delegates will be given identity badges upon registration. These are expected to be worn throughout the period of the meeting for purposes of security, ease of identification and to facilitate access into the meeting venue.
10. Medical Services
Clinical Services will be available at the venue of the meeting throughout the period for minor ailments. However, illness requiring serious attention may be referred to the nearest Government Hospital. Delegates who opt to go to a private hospital, will be responsible for their own medical bills. In this regard, delegates are encouraged to have a Health Insurance.
11. COVID-19 Preventive Guidelines
11.1 Delegates should take note that, with effect from 1st June, 2022, the following COVID-19 Preventive Guidelines will come into force in Malawi:
a. All arriving delegates that are fully vaccinated will be required to show a valid electronically verifiable COVID-19 full vaccination certificate at point of entry;
b. Delegates that are not fully vaccinated or don't have a valid electronically verifiable COVID-19 full vaccination certificate, will be required to produce a negative PCR based COVID-19 certificate that is not older than 72 hours at the time of arrival in Malawi; and
c. For the delegates that are returning to their respective countries, the COVID-19 PCR certificate and or COVID-19 full vaccination certificate requirement will depend on the their destination country's requirements.
11.2 Delegates are further advised that, in line with the resolution of the 50th Plenary Assembly, in the event that a delegate to a Forum activity tests COVID-19 positive, the costs of quarantine will be borne by his or her National Parliament.
11.3 During meetings, the following COVID-19 preventive measures will strictly be followed:
i. Regular temperature checks;
ii. Wearing of face masks by all delegates at all times;
iii. Seating arrangement of at least 1.5 meters social distance;
iv. Washing hands with soap regularly or sanitization; and
v. Any delegate experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be required to isolate and inform the Secretariat.
12. Hotel Accommodation
Each delegate will be responsible for his or her accommodation expenses. Below is the list of recommended hotels. Delegates are supposed to make the bookings directly with the hotels by quoting "The Malawi Parliament". Delegates are advised to settle their hotel bills before departure.
List of Recommended Hotels
Type of Room
(Bed & Breakfast)
Distance to BICC
President Walmont Hotel
Sunbird Capital Hotel
Executiv e Deluxe
1.0 km (3 minutes walk)
Golden Peacock Hotel
1.5 km (5 minutes-drive)
2.1 km (4 minutes' drive)
100 (on Friday and Saturdays
= 70 USD)
4.5 km (8 minutes)
Programme for the excursion will be circulated to the delegates during the course of the meeting.
14. Local Currency
Foreign exchange facilities are available through bureau de exchange facilities on weekdays and weekends. Most internationally recognized currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged at commercial banks, hotels and international airports.
As at April 2022, the local currency (Malawi Kwacha/MK) is as follows: 1 US Dollar = MK1,020
1 Pound = MK1,400
1 Euro = MK861.62
1 Rand = MK51.22
15. Credit Cards
The following credit cards are acceptable in Malawi banks and in all hotels and restaurants: American Express, Master Card and Visa Card.
16. Business and Shopping Hours
Office and businesses are generally open from 07:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. Shopping hours vary but most shops are open from 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and from 08:30 to 14:00 on Saturdays.
The climate between May and August in Malawi is winter period, usually cold dry season. It is expected that during the period of the meeting, temperatures will range between 11.1 degrees and 20.5 degrees Celsius.
English is the official language in Malawi.
The mains electricity supply in Malawi operates at 220 - 230V, 50-60Hz, square pin plugs.
20. Time Difference
Malawi is 2 hours ahead of GMT.
21. Emergency Services (Tel Numbers):
- Hospitals: 118
- International Airport: +265 1 700 899
- VIP Airport: +265 1 700 256
25. Contact Persons
(A) SADC PF Secretariat
Yapoka N Mungandi
Cell: +264 81 3048395
(B) Parliament of Malawi
i. Coordinator: Mr. Joseph Manzi Cell: +265 999 800 831
ii. Assistant Coordinator: Ms Siphiwe Komwa Cell: +265 999 145 392
iii. Accommodation: Mrs. Maggie Chinsinga Cell: +265 991 567 326
iv. Transport: Mrs. Portia Sibande Cell: +265 882 716 093
v. Protocol: Mrs. Gloria Dzidekha Cell: +265 888 891 424
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