Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the 192 member countries within the Universal Postal Union (UPU), is participating in the 27th Universal Postal Congress held in Abidjan, Cote Ivoire. His Excellency Abdulla Mohammad Alashram, Group Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Post Group is leading the delegation to the Congress which is running until the 27th of August 2021.
The UAE serves as one of the four Vice-Chairman of the Congress, chosen according to the criterion of equitable geographical distribution. This is in addition to its position and role as Vice-Chairman of the General Policy and Management of the Work of the Postal Union, in accordance with the regional handling framework.
The Congress will witness the adoption by UPU member states of the “World Postal Strategy” – a roadmap for the union’s new business cycle starting in 2022. The Congress is also set to elect the next UPU Director-General and deputy director general, as well as members of the UPU’s Council of Administration and Postal Operations Council for the 2021-2024 period. In addition, this event also seeks to promote the adoption of new rules and the development of policies on international exchange of postal items. Plenipotentiaries will also discuss and define how the postal sector will assist economic and social development in the future.
During his speech in the opening session of the Congress, H.E. Alashram expressed his appreciation to the Côte d’Ivoire government for hosting the event amidst the difficulties caused by the continuous spread of the Covid-19 virus.
His Excellency remarked: “Postal services play a vital role in our communities, evident during the onset of the recent global pandemic, as we continued to be a key service provider to our nations. Despite the disruption faced by the health crisis, the postal industry was able to withstand the challenges and turn them into opportunities, adopting digitization and keeping pace with the rise of eCommerce. We are confident that conversations and deliberations during this Congress as well as our continued commitment to enhance cooperation with stakeholders will pave the way for transformation and drive progress within the postal industry.”
His Excellency concluded his speech by inviting participating government representatives, ministers in charge of the postal sector, chiefs of regulatory authorities, heads of intergovernmental agencies, and other high-level representatives to visit the Dubai Expo 2020 scheduled to commence in October 2021.