Frequently Asked Questions
This page covers any Frequently Asked Questions about the Consumers International Global Congress 2023, with dedicated sections on the programme, sponsorship, registration, hotels and travel.
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When does the Global Congress take place:
The main Congress takes place over two days, 06 to 07 December 2023. On 08 December we will provide space for strategic connects for all attendees and run the General Assembly for Members, with the election of the new Consumers International President and Council.
Where does the Global Congress take place:
The Congress will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, located in the bustling commercial hub of Upper Hill Nairobi, Kenya. You can find travel directions from Nairobi airport to the venue here.
Which days of the event can I attend:
06 – 07 December: Participants will be Consumers International members as well as a wider selection of leaders from civil society, business and government to encourage debate and collaboration.
8 December: Member connection and sharing day for all attendees on a range of consumer issues. Our Consumers International General Assembly will take place on this day.
Where can I find the programme for the event?
Our outline programme for the event will be available from July and will be kept regularly updated.
How will the event ensure diversity and inclusion?
The programme ensures good balance of representation across gender, ethnicities and sectors. Given the objectives of the event, we strive to include the consumer voice across the majority of sessions.
We are proud to hold the Congress in the African continent and to work with our supporting partners; the Government of Kenya, through the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Competition Commission.
Will there be networking opportunities?
The Global Congress provides a unique opportunity for discussion across marketplace actors, so we have factored in space for networking lunches, breaks and an evening reception. Participants will be able to have one-on-one and small group meetings.
What languages will be spoken:
The meeting will be conducted in English with the main conference sessions translated into French, Spanish and Arabic.
Who can attend:
Consumer International Members are entitled to one free registration for a member of their senior leadership team and additional places for up to five other senior employees at a reduced rate. For Members who wish to register more than six places please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Congress passes for leaders from government, business and civil society are available by invitation only - please contact email@example.com for further details.
Are there any discounts for early booking:
Yes, there is a 20% Early Bird registration rate, that is automatically applied on full priced registration fees at payment. The Early Bird discount is available until 06 September 2023.
When do I need to register:
Registration for all attendees opens in June 2023 with VIPs registered on receipt of confirmed attendance. If fully booked, a Waiting List will be available for those who wish to attend.
When will I receive confirmation of my place:
You will receive confirmation of your place after your registration has been confirmed by Consumers International via email. You will continue to receive important updates about the event via email.
Can I update or transfer my registration information:
You are able to change the name of the attendee until registration closes on 05 December dependent upon confirmation from Consumers International
What do I need to show I have registered:
You can bring a printed copy of your email confirmation or show the email confirmation on your mobile device at registration.
What is the refund policy:
As long as you request the refund on the registration platform, at least 30 days in advance of the summit, Consumers International will refund payment for the pass, minus a 10% administration fee. Post 30 days, Consumers International will refund any payment for a pass minus 50% of the total rate. Unless Consumers International agrees otherwise, the refund will be made in the same form as the original payment was received, but in no circumstances will refunds be made in cash. No refunds will be made within seven days in advance of the event.
Is VAT included in the registration fee:
Yes, all pass rates include 20% VAT.
Can I purchase a day registration:
No, due to the way conference costs and content is being managed we are unable to offer any day rates for individual days.
Accepted forms of registration payment:
We accept credit and debit card payments from Visa, Mastercard and Amex. Online Payment is taken via PayPal. PayPal is considered one of the safest ways to receive money online. All PayPal transactions are protected by advanced data encryption.
I have special dietary requirements, what do I do:
All attendees are asked to provide dietary requirements. This can be at point of registration or via email prior to the Congress.
Is accommodation included in the registration fee?
No, accommodation is not included in the registration fee.
A special accommodation rate for Congress attendees has been agreed with the Congress hotel, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill.
Is transport to and from the venue included in the registration fee:
No, most hotels are within a short distance of the event venue.
Transfers can also be done from your hotel to Radisson Blu through contacting Maria on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; WhatsApp: +254 792189961; Website
How do I get an international visa letter:
Please check with the Kenyan embassy or consulate nearest you for visa requirements.
If you require an invitation letter to enter Kenya, please email Congress@consint.org by 06/11/23.
Yellow Fever vaccination certificates are required for all travellers into Kenya aged 1 year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission (please see this list for further details).
Health and Safety
The Global Congress gives the highest priority to protecting the safety and well-being of participants and the local community. We are working closely with public authorities to develop health and safety policies to cover all aspects of the meeting.
Where can I contact the organiser with further questions:
You can contact Consumers International at Congress@consint.org for any queries.
A list of nearby alternative hotels for Congress attendees can also be found here:
- Limpopo Hotel
- Melili Hotel
- Mercure Nairobi
- Four Points By Sheraton
- FairView Hotel
- Hillpark Hotel
- Sarova Panafric
Homestays, Apartments & More
- Zylloo Homes
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- Kaisa Garden
- Kilimani Luxurious apartments
- Kilimani Luxurious apartments
- Cosy and Stylish Kilimani
- Enzi Condo
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I’d like to support the summit; how can I do this?
We rely on support to help host the Congress, so we would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to offer financial support for any aspects of the event. Please contact email@example.com for further details.
Weather: December is a good time to visit Kenya—the weather is warm and reasonably dry. The average daily maximum is 24 C and the average daily minimum is 14 C. It's a good idea to bring along a jumper or light jacket for the evenings.
Electricity Requirements: In Kenya the standard voltage is 240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The power plug sockets are of type G.
Local Currency: The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan shilling. Although US dollars are accepted in some places such as large hotels, it's a good idea to travel into the country with Kenyan shillings.