UPU recently successfully concluded its 5 day Second Extraordinary Congress held from 3 to 7 September 2018 in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. BT&P was also represented at this Congress.
The 26th Universal Postal Congress in Istanbul decided in 2016 to hold this Congress to address various issues relating to the current and future UPU World Postal Strategy as well as other urgent postal sector matters.
More specifically the Second Extraordinary Congress was convened as part of ongoing efforts to reform the UPU, with a view to improving and speeding up decision-making processes within the organization and ensuring its financial sustainability.
What is “Congress”
Congress is the UPU supreme authority consisting of plenipotentiaries and officials from the UPU's 192 member countries that gather once every four years to discuss strategies to further shape the future of the postal sector. The next Congress gathering following the 26th Istanbul Universal Postal Congress is the 27th Universal Postal Congress, scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, in 2020, to further shape the future of the global postal sector.
A number of key topics were examined by the Second Extraordinary Congress:
- Implementation of the UPU's Integrated Product Plan and the Integrated Remuneration Plan
- Reform of the UPU
- Reform of the system applied to contributions by UPU member countries
- Sustainability of the UPU Provident Scheme
Ministerial Strategy Conference
As part of the 2nd Extraordinary Congress a Ministerial Strategy Conference was also held during which government ministers and other senior decision-makers discussed how postal operators and the postal sector in general can better serve nations and citizens, help grow the economy and drive development. At the same time the conference reviewed the implementation of the UPU World Postal Strategy adopted at Istanbul in 2016. The UPU's 2018 Ministerial Strategy Conference was an excellent opportunity to consider the best policies, investments, regulations and partnerships to ensure that the Post can unleash its potential in service delivery and profitability.