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Useful Information

High-level Global Symposium

Implementing effective financial literacy policies in a changing financial landscape

INFORMATION NOTE
8-9 November 2017 New Delhi, India

Venue

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel
1, CBD Maharaj Surajmal Road
Next to Yamuna Sports Complex
New Delhi - 110032
https://www.theleela.com/en_us/hotels-in-delhi/the-leela-ambience-convention-hotel-delhi/


Registration

Registration is free but all participants are responsible for their own travel-related expenses.

Documents and website

All documentation relating to the Symposium will be available at:
http://www.oecd.org/daf/fin/financial-education/india-oecd-fined-symposium-2017.htm and
https://www.rbi.org.in/rbioecdflc2017.
INFE Technical Committee, Advisory Board and working group documents will be made available on the respective member-only websites as they become available.

Language

The Symposium will be conducted in English.

Meals and others

Please indicate any special dietary requirements when registering.
Lunch and coffee for all delegates will be provided during breaks on both days of the symposium.

Social events
All symposium participants are invited to a dinner hosted by the RBI from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. on Wednesday 8 November at the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel

Dress Code
The dress code during the Symposium is business casual.

Facilities at the venue

will be available. Participants will be provided with the necessary information during registration

Accommodation

Accommodation must be reserved and paid for directly by delegates. The following list is a guide only. You are free to choose any other hotel (search here). Please contact the hotels for the current rates.

A block booking has been made at the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel (symposium venue) at the rate of 9,500 INR per night (approx. 125 EUR / 150 USD) including breakfast. To book, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit www.theleela.com and select "The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel", Delhi
  2. Select your stay dates
  3. Select the Group option and enter the code CEN051117RBI

Other options in the vicinity include:
- Lemon Tree, East Delhi (a mid-range business hotel about 3km away from the symposium venue)
https://www.lemontreehotels.com/factsheet/LemonTreeHotel_EastDelhiMall_Kaushambi.pdf
- Park Plaza Shahdara
https://www.parkplaza.co.uk/delhi-hotel-in/indshdr
- Ginger East (a budget hotel close to the symposium venue)
https://gingerhotels.com

Travel Documentation

Valid passports are required for all delegates entering India. Please also note that a visa is required for most nationalities to enter India and it is strongly recommended that participants verify requirements with the embassy/consulate in his/her country.

Apply for a visa online: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html

Please indicate when registering if you require an official invitation letter for visa or administration purposes. The organisers will send you a letter and appropriate documentation to provide with your application when your registration is confirmed.

Visas for participants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani origin and Stateless persons can be issued only after clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Therefore, online applications for visa must be made by such delegates at least 60 days in advance.

Delegates are personally responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of the correct documentation prior to their departure. We cannot assist in procuring passports and visas.

Please ensure that your international traveller’s insurance is valid and that coverage will be available in India for the duration of your stay. We do not accept responsibility for any consequences whatsoever from a delegate failing to ensure that he or she has complied with the necessary health, passport and visa requirements.

Getting there

The hotel is located around 30-35 km from international and domestic terminals at Indira Gandhi International Airport. It takes around 1 to 1.5 hours to reach the hotel by taxi. Visit the airport website for other transfer options: http://www.newdelhiairport.in/to-from-airport-tool.aspx

New Delhi and tourist information

New Delhi is the capital of India having a population of 18 million. Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds – Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi, once the capital of India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with age old havelis (traditional townhouse or mansion) and formidable mosques. In contrast, the city of New Delhi developed during the British era is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. In Delhi, you will discover that the city has captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a fora of vivacious performing arts, fabulous eating places and bustling markets.

Participants wishing to visit the Taj Mahal can find more information at the following link: http://www.tajmahal.gov.in/tourist_information.html. Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed to tourists on Fridays.

Useful information

CLIMATE : November is autumn time in Delhi with pleasant weather with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C.

CURRENCY : The monetary unit of India is the Indian Rupees. All major credit cards are accepted in the city for trade transactions as well as local currency cash withdrawal at the ATM machines. View the latest exchange rates: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

ELECTRICAL SUPPLY : The power supply voltage in India is 230/240 V / Frequency: 50 Hz. Power Sockets: Plugs and sockets have either grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C). The two pin plug is also called the Europlug. It has two round 4 mm (0.157 inch) pins.

HEALTH CARE AND VACCINATIONS : Sufferers of dust or pollen allergies should carry proper medicines when travelling to Delhi. Participants are advised to speak to their health care provider about any vaccination requirements at least 6 weeks before departing for India.

See http://www.who.int/ith/precautions/en/ for further recommendations on healthcare when travelling.

LANGUAGE : Hindi and English are languages widely spoken and understood by the people of India.

TELEPHONE SERVICES: The country code for India is 91 and for Delhi is 11. Please visit http://www.countrycallingcodes.com/ to find out how to make a call to India from your country.

Emergency contact numbers
Department Number
Police 100
Fire 101
Ambulance 102
Delhi Police Helpline 1090

TIME ZONE : India is 5.30 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 5.30 hours).

TIPPING : It is not customary to tip in India/Delhi, but locals give tips for exceptional service if they feel the person carrying out the service really deserves it.

TAX : Goods and services tax (GST) has been implemented in India from July 1, 2017. The tax rates varies from zero% to 28% which is added to the price of most goods and services in India. Visitors must pay it on all goods and services that they buy and there is no refund of GST available when you leave the country.

TOURIST INFORMATION : For tourist information, sightseeing and attractions, please visit http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/delhitourism/index.jsp

WATER : Tap water is not safe to drink. Please drink packed filter water.

Further Enquiries

For further logistical information or enquiries about the Symposium or INFE meetings, please contact:

Registration and INFE meetings Symposium content and logistics
Ms. Jennah Huxley, OECD
Email: SecretariatINFE@oecd.org
CC: jennah.huxley@oecd.org
Mr. Swatantra Kumar, RBI
Email: rbioecd2017@rbi.org.in