Special Correspondent

Convention centre fully equipped to host international event

34 close circuit TVs to monitor proceedingsFire exits to be fitted with latest safety gadgetsHICC has six language interpretation booths with thousands of receivers

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), which is to host the four-day 39th annual general meeting of the Asian Development Bank from May 3 has made elaborate security arrangements for the event.

Philip Logan, HICC General Manager, told the press on Monday that an access control system based on radio frequency identification would be placed at all entry and exit points for scrutinising every individual entering the venue.

There will be 34 close circuit TVs to monitor proceedings across the length and breadth of the facility. The HICC's 32 fire exits would be equipped with the latest technology in smoke detectors, fire alarm system and sprinkler systems.

He explained that HICC was fully equipped to handle an international event. It was the only convention facility in the country that could boast of six language interpretation booths, with thousands of receivers and headphones for reception of simultaneous language interpretation.

Concurrent sessions

During the ADB meet, concurrent sessions will be scheduled across the various meeting rooms at the venue. About 84 offices will function out of the facility. Over 500 HICC staff and 600 support staff have been employed and trained to proficiently manage the various facets of the event.

Finance and economic planning Ministers from the region, senior Government officials, representatives of multilateral development community and NGOs and investment bankers will attend the meeting.

Prominent among the participants are ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda and Governors of 66 Reserve Banks. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will chair the inaugural session to be declared open by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.