Qatar wins membership of UPU Board of Directors

Thursday, August 26, 2021
Qatar wins membership of UPU Board of Directors

Abidjan,

Qatar won the membership of the Board of Directors of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) during the elections held on the sidelines of the 27th Universal Postal Union Congress, which is organised in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, from August 9 to 27.

Commenting on the winning His Excellency Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Al-Sulaiti said: “We are proud that Qatar won a seat on the board of UPU’s Council of Administration, and we look forward to Qatar's contribution, along with other member countries, to shaping the future of the global postal sector for the better, especially that the postal sector is constantly evolving with the growth of E-commerce globally, which leads to the emergence of new issues and challenges for all parties; regulatory bodies and postal institutions around the world, and thus more cooperation and coordination between the UPU and the postal sector players are needed,”

The UPU member countries participated in the elections to elect the next UPU director general, deputy director general, members of the Postal Operations Council (POC), and UPU’s Council of Administration (CA) for the 2022-2025 period. The CA consists of 41 member countries, which represent five geographical groups, one of which is Group No. 4 “Southern Asia and Oceania” that is allocated 10 seats, one of which is won by Qatar.

The CA members meet annually at UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, and ensure the continuity of the UPU's work between the Universal Postal Congresses, which convenes every four years and is considered the supreme authority of the UPU. Moreover, to ensure that the UPU is able to react quickly to changes in the postal environment, the CA has the power to approve proposals by the POC for the adoption of regulations or new procedures.

The UPU is a United Nations specialized agency and one of the world’s oldest international organizations. The UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players and has 192 member countries; Qatar is a member of the UPU since 1969.