Welcome to UNI Africa’s 4th Regional Conference – one of Africa’s largest gatherings of trade union leaders. Held over two days in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference brings together almost 500 participants from across the African continent, together with invited guests from around the world.
The 4th UNI Africa Regional Conference will be held from 23 to 25 March 2017 at the King Fahd Hotel in Dakar, Senegal.
UNI Africa’s previous Regional Conferences were held in Southern Africa in 2003, North Africa in 2009 and East Africa in 2013. It is now the turn of West Africa to host this quadrennial event in 2017.
It is not a coincidence that UNI Africa decided to hold its 4th Regional Conference in Dakar. The choice of Senegal was made in view of its qualities as host country in terms of democracy and political stability, social cohesion through ethnic and lingual diversity, freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of the media.
UNI Africa is the African regional organisation of UNI Global Union. There are three other regional organisations: UNI Americas, UNI Asia & Pacific and UNI Europa
About UNI Africa
UNI is the largest Global Union in Africa, with UNI Africa representing 161 unions in 40 African countries. We have offices and staff located in Abidjan, Johannesburg and Tunisia.
Through our activities to grow unions, our aim is to bring decent work. Our intense programme of education and training activities throughout Africa includes campaigns aimed at gender equality and leadership training for youth.
The theme of the 4th UNI Africa Regional Conference is Forward for a New Africa: Mobilise, Organise, Innovate! We see a fast changing economic landscape, with many governments recording positive economic growth. Our push is for the African people to see the benefits of this growth in their daily lives through the eradication of poverty, building infrastructure and bridging the inequality between them and political and business elites.
Our push is to help unions to organise and to win collective bargaining rights to ensure that their basic rights are respected and for these to be seen as a pillar of democracy. We are seeing the emergence of new leaders with the energy and drive to ensure that this new economic Africa also belongs to the people.
UNI Global Union has signed more than 50 Global Agreements with multinational companies with the aim of setting fair standards and conditions for their more than ten million workers around the world in the companies themselves, as well as along their supply chains.
UNI Africa works with African regional organisations – PAPU, AU, ILO Africa, WAPCO, ITUC-Africa and OATUU.
The UNI Africa Regional Conference
The Regional Conference is the top decision-making body of UNI Africa. We expect almost 500 delegates from all over the African Continent to attend this momentous event. The delegates will consist of the leadership, officials and members of UNI Global Union’s affiliated unions in Africa, together with invited guests from other continents. For the opening ceremony we expect an additional 200 local union members and shop stewards to attend.
Strong Senegalese Presence
• Syndicat des Travailleurs de SONATEL (SYTS)
• Syndicat des Travailleurs de la Poste (SYTPOSTE)
• Syndicat National des Travailleurs des Industries Polygraphiques du Sénégal (SYNTIPS)
Airport Welcome and Transfers
All delegates, observers and guests will be welcomed on arrival at the Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar. Please look for the UNI Africa banner in the arrivals hall.
Please ensure that you have notified UNI Africa of your flight details (flight number, arrival date and time) through the appropriate form, which can be found at:
Due to heavy traffic in Dakar and formalities on departure, participants should leave their hotels at least 3 hours before flight departure times. This is very important as UNI Africa will not cover any costs of changing airtickets or additional nights in a hotel.
Venue of the Regional Conference
Pointe des Almadies, Dakar 8181, Sénégal
Tel. : +221 33 869 69 69 / Fax : +221 33 869 69 24
How to get to the King Fahd Palace Hotel?
All hotels selected by UNI Africa are within walking distance of the King Fahd Hotel and other meeting venues. You are strongly recommended to walk to and from the venue. The traffic situation in Dakar means that if you decide to travel by taxi you will have to leave very early to get there on time. It is most usually the case that you can get to your destination much faster by walking!
In January 2017, UNI Africa was able to finalise negotiations on special accommodation rates and meeting facilities with a number of hotels in the vicinity of the Regional Conference venue, details of which follow.
A circular was sent to all affiliates with information on the rates and encouraging participants in meetings taking place outside the King Fahd Conference Centre to book accommodation at the hotel where that event is taking place.
Please note that you will be required to pay your entire accommodation costs upon arrival.
In accordance with UNI Africa’s rules, any sponsored participants will be in shared accommodation, with two participants sharing a double room.
Pointe des Almadies, Dakar 8181
Tel: +221 33 869 69 69
The King Fahd Conference Centre is the venue for the UNI Africa Regional Conference. It is also the venue for the Finance Conference, the Youth Conference, the ICTS Committee, the Resolutions Committee, the Women’s Conference, the Management Committee and the Executive Committee.
FLEUR DE LYS
64, Rue Félix Faure, DAKAR
Tel: +221 33 869 86 87
E-mail : email@example.com
This is the venue for the Commerce Conference and for the Professionals & Managers Conference. It is a 15-minute walk from the King Fahd Conference Centre.
Route des Almadies
Tel: +221 33 820 06 06
This is a 20-minute walk from the Conference Centre
LE LODGE DES ALMADIES
Route des Almadies Dakar 29339
Tel: +221 33 869 03 45
This is the venue for the Graphical & Packaging Meeting and for the Meeting on Ericsson. It is a 14-minute walk from the Conference Centre
Route de Ngor – Almadies Dakar
Tel: 221 33 869 80 87
This is an 8-minute walk from the Conference Centre
Yoff Route de l’aéroport, Dakar
Tel: 221 33 869 75 96
This is a 10-minute taxi ride from the Conference Centre
This is the venue for the Post & Logistics Conference.
Details for check-in and check-out times are available at each hotel. Please check before arrival.
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Registration and ID Badge
• Regional Conference: King Fahd Hotel, Wednesday 22 March 2017 from 09.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00 and Thursday 23 March, between 09.00 and 14.15.
Observers – navy blue
Guest speakers, Special guests; Press – yellow
Guests – grey
Staff – red
Pre-Conference activities – black
For the Youth Conference: seating will be organised by delegation and on a country basis for delegates in Room B01. Observers and guests will have specially designated seating.
For the For the Women’s and Regional Conferences: there will be special seating arrangements for voting delegates in the central part of Flamboyant room, organised by delegation and on a country basis. Observers and guests will have specially designated seating.
For the Opening Ceremony of the Regional Conference, on 23 March at 16.00, the first rows at the front of the hall will be reserved for guests, special guests, and for the members of the UNI Africa Executive Committee. Participants should be seated by 15.30. All participants and their partners are welcome to attend.
UNI Africa does not have an insurance policy covering participants. Insurance cover must be provided by the affiliate concerned or individually. Those participating in the Conference do so at their own risk.
Meals and Expenses (20-25 March 2017)
Breakfast will be served in the hôtels.
Participants in the meetings that will take place before the Regional Conference will have lunch at the venue of the meeting.
At registration, vouchers will be distributed for the lunches on 24 and 25 March, which will be served in King Fahd Hotel between 12.30 – 14.00.
Water and coffee breaks will be offered during the meetings.
All delegates, observers and guests are invited to a dinner hosted by UNI Senegal Liaison Council on 22 March 2017 at King Fahd Hotel and on the 24 March at a nice place outside the King Fahd Hotel.
Participants should ensure that their unions give them adequate meal allowances to cover their other meals (about US$25 per meal). No per diems will be paid. This is the responsibility of the affiliate concerned.
All other expenses, such as visa fees, travel insurance, laundry, room service, phone calls, beverages etc. will be at the participant’s own costs
Banking and Currency Services
The unit of currency in Dakar is the Franc CFA (XOF).
CFA has a fixed exchange rate with the Euro. 100 FCFA = 0.152449 Euro or 1 Euro = 655.957 FCFA
You can find exchange rates at: www.oanda.com
There are numerous currency exchange offices and ATMs in Dakar. Exchange is available in several currencies but all African currency should be changed into Euros or US Dollars before coming to Senegal.
Climate and clothing
In March, Dakar enjoys about 10 hours of sunshine a day and no rainy days. You should be nice and dry!
Average temperatures are between 19°C and 28°C but please note that they can go down to 15°C and up to 42°C. You will need to wear sun protection and in view of the wind chill factor you should also bring some warm clothes.
Emergency Numbers and Medical Assistance
Should any participant require specialised medical care, he / she should contact the Conference Secretariat.
During daytime, between 18 and 25 March 2017 medical assistance will be available at King Fahd Hotel.
Please note the following emergency numbers:
Police: +221 77 819 8430
or local toll free number: 800 2020
(Ambulance or medical aid): +221 33 824 2418
or local toll free number: 800 881 881
SOS Médecins: +221 33 889 1515
Fire Department: +221 33 823 0355
or local toll free number: 1818
Country code: +221
The electric tension is 220 V on a frequency of 50Hz.
D and C plugs are in use in Senegal.
You will need and adaptor or a converter according to the voltage, the frequency and the type of plug you have in the country where you live.