If you have received your invitation letter, this is your place to be.
Otherwise, return to the Register as Delegate 2020 page to apply.

Welcome Message

The organizing committee of the Young African Leaders Summit, under the auspices of the Young Politicians and Leaders Network (YPLN) looks forward to welcoming you at the YALS2020! We are thrilled to be hosting you and other emerging leaders from around the world.

You’ll find the following information useful for your participation.
Best Regards

Participants Affairs and Registration Team


United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

ECA Conference Centre

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia,


You are entreated to check as soon as possible with the Ethiopia embassy / high commission in your country regarding visa/entry requirements. Please use your invitation letter to apply for your visa. We will be happy to provide a visa support letter if required. Do send us a request if necessary.

Visa on Arrival

Ethiopia has introduced this visa policy


The YALS 2020 organising committee has arranged for accommodation for 150 local residents and foreign delegates.

We have 150 accommodation available and is on first pay first serve policy.

Foreign delegates are expected to arrive on 19th October 2020.

Resident locals are expected to arrive at the summit venue 20th October 2020.

Foreign and resident local delegates are expected to depart by 12:00 GMT of 23rd October 2020.

Details of hotels will be made available a month to the Summit. Please note that accommodation remains unchanged once allocated a room

Anyone wishing to extend their stay does so on their own budget and arrangements.

Help desk & Protocols

There will be a welcome kiosk and a protocol team to receive foreign delegates at the Bole International Airport on 19 October 2020.


There will be shuttle buses to and from the airport as well as from the hotels (for those we are accommodating) to the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa – Ethiopia.
Schedules and operational information relating to this will be communicated in due time.


While we will keep an updated version of the programme on the summit website at all times, you will be receiving comprehensive details at the event.
Depending on your interests, we will assign you to a focused group for our breakout sessions.

Summit Registration Fees Payment

Foreign Delegates should pay the summit registration fee of $150 to the bank details given below.

  1. Payment can also be made directly by swift transfer into the following bank details:

Bank: UBA Bank Ghana
Account Number: 00812522702511
Swift Code: STBGGHAC
Account Name: Young Politicians and Leaders Network
Email evidence of payment, together with your name, country and delegates ID to us via

2.Ghanaian and foreign delegates should or can also pay via our MTN Mobile Money merchant account, using the following procedure:

Dial *170#

Select 2 – Momo Pay & Pay Bill

Select 1 – Momo Pay

Enter Merchant ID – 650798

Enter Amount

Enter Reference

(Your reference is the unique ID Number on your invitation letter. If you do not have one, enter your full name)

Enter your PIN

If you have any challenges, you can reach out to our financial desk at

Quote your unique ID number on the pay-in slip.

Upon completion of the transaction at your bank, please scan and email to us the Telegraphic Transfer (TT) Receipt signed and stamped by the Bank Teller/Cashier indicating payment made. The receipt should be emailed to Include your name, unique ID number and country in the message.‪

Accreditation and Registration

Once you are accredited to attend the Summit, we will create a personalized participant badge/tag for you. This badge must be clearly visible at all times for purposes of security and access control to the Summit environments.
You will need a valid government-issued identification to pick up your badge. For example, international attendees could present a passport; a Voter’s or student’s ID card.

Communications & Socials                                                                                                        

The Summit hashtag for social media is #YALS2020 — we’ll see you on all the platforms!
You may have access to Wifi at the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Connection information will be provided onsite.


All sessions will be translated simultaneously in two official languages: English and French.
‪Breakout sessions will have assigned interpreters to assist all working groups duly.

Safety, Healthcare and Emergencies

Participants are to note that insurance for medical, travel, or any other purpose, is their responsibility.

Ethiopia is a safe country, however in the event of any emergency, please seek help.

The Ethiopian Police Service and the National Ambulance Service will be on-site to provide help in case of security and medical emergencies respectively.

For any other situation at your allocated residential facilities, reach out to your chaperons or the facility manager.

General Information

Daytime temperatures usually reach 21°C in Addis Ababa in October, falling to 7°C at night.

There are normally 8 hours of bright sunshine each day in Addis Ababa in October – that’s 65% of daylight hours.

There are usually 7 days with some rain in Addis Ababa in October and the average monthly rainfall is 43mm.

Currency and Banking

The currency used in Ethiopia is the ETB Br – Ethiopian Birr. Ethiopia is largely a cash-based society. Credit cards are accepted at only a very few outlets in Addis Ababa and it is not normally possible to get currency advances against a credit card. International bank and debit cards are accepted at major banks’ ATMs in the capital but there are very limited banking facilities in most other areas. Make sure you have an adequate supply of cash before travelling outside the capital.

If you change foreign currency into Birr, you should ensure that you keep your receipt, as without this you are unlikely to be able to change any left-over money back at the end of your trip.

Dress Code

Business casual/African print/T-Shirt is suggested for the Summit, with comfortable footwear. You’re reminded to carry a country flag.

Country Directors

We have appointed Country Directors for each country to provide leadership support, assist with delegates welfare, coordinate and harmonize travel arrangements within each country.
You may want to reach out to your representative and connect with other delegates from your country. Send them an email. On our website visit the Country Director page.

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